Social & Civil Affairs

The growing impact of cervical and breast cancer in the 15 countries from the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean currently represents a major concern. In these countries incidence and mortality rates for both malignancies have been increasing over the past decades. Every year over 19.000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 212.600 with breast cancer while 7.800 and 62.200 respectively succumb to the disease.

Public health measures such as the establishment of cancer prevention and early detection programs – through increased cervical and breast cancer screening,...

Women’s economic participation and empowerment are fundamental to strengthening women’s rights. But even more so, women’s entrepreneurship is an untapped source of growth, prosperity and poverty reduction, as well as being fundamental to women’s empowerment for creating more equitable societies.

Labelled by the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in November 2015 with a total budget of 4,5M€, the project is promoted by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and partially funded by the Italian Government. It constitutes the first regional best practice...

The project aims to strengthen the capacities of 66 high-potential young women aged between 25 and 35 years old and from the Southern Mediterranean countries, by enhancing their professional and personal skills. It also seeks to develop a Euro-Mediterranean network for the promotion of gender equality. The first tranche – comprising 22 young women leaders from civil society, politics, business, culture and the media, and selected from 800 applications – will participate in a series of workshops and meetings with high-level experts, researchers and leading figures, who will share their...

Women’s involvement in the business sector is significantly lower than that of their male counterparts in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The main challenges identified are insufficient business management knowledge; the need for additional training and re-training, especially for business and management practices: and the lack of equity as well as unfavourable conditions for applying for and obtaining bank loans and credit.

With a total budget of €1 million over two years, the project aims to reduce the barriers for women by offering business and financial management training, hosting reg...

The core activity of “Forming responsible citizens” is the joint analysis of the existing textbooks in the two participating countries’ secondary-middle schools, carried out in partnership with national education authorities, from the perspective of civic education and equality between men and women. The project includes the production of a new, redesigned version of the current national curricula, followed by training of teachers in citizenship education and networking on a national and regional level.

The project’s long term goal is to influence policies and legislation in an effor...

“Developing Women Empowerment” has a strategic, long-term approach to foster gender equality in the region. The project’s holistic approach involves the academic and scientific community in the development of various innovative tools: an on-line gender institute, a laboratory of shared practices and an academic and scientific network. The project is based on three interconnected pillars:

    • The development of a knowledge-based centre. Different research studies and articles on gender equality and women-related issues will be available for the general public and will serve as a uniq...