EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI) has followed up on the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Process on strengthening the role of women in society as a major tool to promote gender equality in the whole Euro-Med region since the first ministerial conference in Istanbul 2006. Responding to the Ministerial Declaration from the last 4th UfM Ministerial Conference on Women´s Rights (27 November 2017, Cairo), EuroMed Feminist Initiative with a consortium of nine member women’s rights organizations in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia initiated in 2019 a Regional campaign on Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), funded by the European Union (EU). (Campaign website www.ostik.org).
As part of the campaign, a series of national and regional policy dialogues are taking place in the Southern Mediterranean, providing a common platform to discuss VAWG and how to tackle it. The aim of these dialogues is to follow up on and support the implementation of the action points of the 4th UfM Ministerial Declaration.
The regional policy dialogue on Combating Violence Against Women and Girls and Strengthening Women’s Rights During the Covid-19 Pandemic was organised in collaboration with the Minister of Social Development (MoSD) in Jordan. Initially scheduled to take place in March 2020, it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and took place on September 21, 2020 using an online platform.
To read the recommendations issued following the Dialogue, click here.