Labelled by the 43 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) on 24 May 2015 in Amman, the three-year-long project, WoMED “Next generation of leaders“, aims to strengthen the personal and professional skills of young women from the Southern Mediterranean countries through an intensive training programme on gender equality issues. The project also seeks to develop a Euro-Mediterranean network for the promotion of gender equality.
Supported by the French authorities (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights), in partnership with the UfM and promoted by Sciences Po Paris, the programme took place in Paris and Strasbourg between 1–12 June 2015.
A total of 22 young women leaders from civil society, politics, business, culture and the media were selected from 800 applications on the basis of their experience, knowledge and aspirations to promote gender equality in their respective fields of activity. This first promotion has participated in a series of workshops and meetings with high-level experts, researchers and leading figures who will share their experiences. The training programme adopts a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to gender issues through economics, law, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, history, psychology, etc.
A total of 66 young women will benefit from the programme until 2016.
The WoMED project contributes to the implementation of the UfM Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society (Paris – September 2013) and is part of the UfM Secretariat’s global strategy to promote concrete projects for women empowerment and gender equality in the Euro-Mediterranean region.