Social & Civil Affairs

50 international experts on gender equality from UfM governments, international organisations and civil society organisations met on 25-26 April at the UfM headquarters in Barcelona to prepare the ground for the Ministerial Meeting on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society, planned to take place in the first half of 2017.

Barcelona, 27 April 2016. The objective of the UfM regional dialogue process is to review the progress achieved in the implementation of the UfM ministerial commitments (see the 2013 UfM Ministerial Declaration on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society – Paris)...

  • UfM Deputy Secretary General for Social and Civil Affairs, Delphine Borione, at the 60th edition of the Commission on the Status of Women: “Fostering regional cooperation initiatives in the fields of youth employability and women’s empowerment is paramount to effectively advance regional integration, stability and human development in our region”.
  • The fight against violence was a key issue discussed at the event jointly organised by the UfM Secretariat, UN Women, and the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development of Morocco and on 14 March, 2016, in New York.

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• 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...