Coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of the Barcelona Process adopted in 1995, and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action, the Women4Mediterranean Conference this year is intended to serve as a milestone to appraise and take stock of what has been achieved over the past 25 years, to learn from what has worked and to further identify areas that still require improvement. While laying the foundations for the coming years towards closing the gender gap in the region in the current context, the Conference seeks to further analyze the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women and girls and to highlight the key role played by women in addressing the pandemic. It also aims to identify what is needed to better value the role of women and foster women’s participation in policy and decision-making to address the pandemic.
The Conference will be as well the appropriate occasion to launch the UfM Institutional Ministerial follow-up mechanism and its indicators, adopted this year by the UfM Member States, that will allow to monitor and measure for the coming years gender equality progress in the region and will provide policy and action-oriented recommendations to close the gender gap.
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10:00-13:00 Regional Dialogue on Women Empowerment (by invitation only)
Meeting of UfM countries officials and the main regional partners to follow-up the implementation of the UfM Ministerial declaration on strengthening the role of women in society.
The objective will be to present the adopted follow-up indicators, launch the reporting exercise with UfM countries based on the 6 selected indicators and continue the discussion with countries regarding gender data and statistics.
15:00-16:15 Conference Official Opening (High level event launch)
Welcome address from high-level representatives on promoting gender equality in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic.
10:00-11:30 Plenary session: Women on the frontline of Covid-19
14:00-15:30 Side Event: Building back better: Through a gender equitable leadership in the global health workforce
10:00-13:00 Side Event: Building equal, safe, and inclusive post-COVID-19 societies for women and girls: How can Mediterranean regions and cities take the lead?
SESSION 1: Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on women. Local and Regional responses. (10:00-11:30)
SESSION 2: Women’s Leadership in Mediterranean Cities and Regions: addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. In collaboration with Smart City Live 2020, this session will also be live streamed on the SC Live platform. (11.30-12.15)
SESSION 3: The future of gender equality in the Euro-Mediterranean region (12:15-13:00)
14:30-15:00 Challenge Lab. Challenge 1: What measures and direct support are needed to effectively address the economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls?
15:00-16:00 Women Entrepreneurs Forum – A project perspective on challenges of women entrepreneurs navigating the COVID-19 crisis
16:00-17:00 Women Entrepreneurs Forum – Women Empowerment: A story of a Moroccan Leader
09:30-10:00 Challenge Lab. Challenge 2: How to prevent and address violence against women in the context of a crisis?
10:00-11:30 Plenary session: Preventing gender-based violence in times of crisis
14:00-17:00 Side Event: Mainstreaming gender in recovery responses of agri-food sectors and rural areas
Session 1: Gender Impacts and Responses to protect and promote the role of rural women during the COVID-19 pandemic (14:00-15:45)
Session 2: Strengthening resilience of rural women through education, training and research (15:45-17:00)
10:00-11:30 The role of youth in combatting gender stereotypes in the audiovisual sector
Session 1: Understanding Gender Stereotypes and their impact on our societies (10:00-10:30)
Session 2: The portrayal of women in the audio-visual media and the messages transmitted to society at large – from a professional and or personal perspective (10:30-11:00)
Session 3: The need to enhance the media’s potential for women’s empowerment in the audio-visual sector – Identifying barriers and proposing recommendations. (11:00-11:30)
12:00-13:00 Closing session
Conclusions, wrap-up and closing remarks
Discussions focused on some topics of the conference. The objective is to stimulate the discussion about the subject and to allow participants to present their good practices and to provide recommendations that will be further discussed during the dedicated session.
People and organizations engaged in advancing progress for women and girls can connect in this informal space, have discussions and exchange ideas, building partnerships and collaborations, news on latest projects and research.
An online space where organizations and participants can showcase their work, projects, good practices and innovative ideas to advance gender equality agenda in the region, with a focus on the Conference topics.
A dedicated space will showcase the latest research and publications on gender equality and women’s empowerment from participating organizations.