Barcelona, 7 June 2016. Ambassador Delphine Borione, Deputy Secretary General of the UfM for Social and Civil Affairs, attended the closing day, on Friday 20 May, of the second WoMED – Next Generation of Leaders programme, a project labelled by the 43 member states of the UfM and supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Inter-ministerial Delegation for the Mediterranean and Ministry of Families, Children and Women’s Rights.
WoMED – Next Generation of Leaders is a unique programme created by Sciences Po Paris especially for young women from the southern rim of the Mediterranean, who take part in a two-week, high-level training course delivered by the teaching team from PRESAGE, the Gender Research and Teaching Programme at Sciences Po university in Paris. The training is designed to strengthen the competencies of young women from the southern rim of the Mediterranean and to develop a dynamic network revolving around the theme of women’s leadership. For this second edition, 22 women were selected for their excellent CVs and their desire to spread a culture of gender equality in their field of work. The candidates came from civil society, politics, the private and public sectors, culture, the arts and media.
“We need more women involved not just in economic life but also in political life, with greater participation from women in parliaments, in governments and also in civil society organisations. It is not just about a political idea of the place of women in society: it’s a question of rights” Delphine Borione pointed out.
“The Union for the Mediterranean sees the issue of gender equality as a priority for the region and the labelling of the WoMED project is one of several examples of how we are promoting women’s leadership in the Mediterranean
The closing ceremony of the programme was held in Paris and was attended by Mr Nicolas Galey, Ambassador and Inter-ministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean; Ms Khadija Idrissi Janati, entrepreneur and influential communications consultant who took the course in 2015; and Mr Francis Vérillaud, Vice President of Sciences Po. Ms Borione also took part in the discussion on Women’s Leadership in the Arab World, which was organised by the Sciences Po Monde Arabe association in collaboration with the WoMED programme and held on the Friday morning.
Developing cooperation on a regional scale in the areas of youth employability and women’s empowerment is a key factor in effectively strengthening regional integration, stability and social development in our region.
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