Social & Civil Affairs

• Women largely contribute to human development and stability in the region. In some countries, they make up as much as 63 percent of university students. However, in the Mediterranean region, they represent only 28% of the labor force, 12% of entrepreneurs and 16% of politics. • The region could increase its GDP per capita by 25%, by enhancing women’s equal participation in public life. • The UfM Secretariat’s actions on women’s empowerment and gender equality target more than 50,000 women in the region.

Barcelona, 8 March 2016. The Union for the Mediterranean joins the int...

• At their first meeting of 2016, the Senior Officials of the Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) approved four new regional projects in the fields of Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment. • The meeting also provided an opportunity for the 43 Member State representatives to highlight the achievements of 2015 with a view to further develop regional cooperation and integration in the Mediterranean within the framework of the UfM.

Barcelona, 19 February 2016. The Senior Officials of the UfM member countries met on 16 February in Bruss...

The Second Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the project was held on Tuesday 9 February 2016 in Casablanca, Morocco. The Regional Steering Committee Meeting consists of the six Ministries of Industry of the related MENA countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia), the representatives of six Women Business Associations in the six beneficiary countries, the Italian Government (as a donor), the UfMS and UNIDO. Its role is to advise on the overall implementation of the project’s activities to ensure its alignment with the priorities of the counterparts, MENA n...

More than 180 young disadvantaged women have already benefited from the programme.

After the completion of the training activities in Jordan and Morocco which have benefited more than 180 young disadvantaged women, the project has undertaken an impact assessment to evaluate its impact on increasing employment options for beneficiaries. In addition to job placement, the data collected focused on the different types of programme impact on the women’s decisions and paths linked to increasing their work opportunities in the near and more distant future and even continuing their education to m...

The objective is to assess the progress made in gender equality and to provide recommendations to policy makers at the national and Euro-Mediterranean level.

Since mid-2015, seven national consultation workshops have been organised by local associations in the southern Mediterranean targeted countries in Oran (Algeria), Giza (Egypt), Irbid (Jordan), Mont-Lebanon (Lebanon), Marrakech and Safi (Morocco), West Bank (Palestine) and Sousse and Monastir (Tunisia). The workshops have gathered key gender equality stakeholders at the local level, including representatives from national and local...

Female university students from Albania, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia are currently receiving mentoring and training for creating their own businesses.

Over 1,200 young female university students from Albania, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia have attended the Women Entrepreneurship Days and are currently benefiting from mentoring and specific training on marketing, management and finance to develop their own start-ups.

A conference to present the project’s outcomes will be held next 28 April in Cairo. The event will take place in the framework of the Cairo W...