In 2019, EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI) established the Regional Civil Society Observatory (RCSO) in the frame of the regional project “Combating Violence against Women in the Southern Mediterranean Region” (2019-2021), funded by the European Union. The RCSO is hosted at EFI Amman regional office as a civil society mechanism to follow up on the implementation of the Ministerial Declaration of the 4th Union for Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society (November 27th 2017, Cairo), in the area of combating all forms of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), implementation of Women, Peace, Security Agenda (WPSA), and Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).
The RCSO has until now conducted a regional study and developed a regional index to help implementing a continuous follow up, data collection of laws and policies, and analyses of the barometer results. The countries studied are limited to those involved in the regional project: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia. However, all countries in the South Mediterranean region will be included during the next phase.
We are glad to present two factsheets.
Fact Sheet #1 provides an overview of the main findings from the survey conducted between December 2019 and January 2020 in these seven countries to assess the level of awareness of women towards the laws and services provided for victims of VAWG, as well as to know the personal experience, perception and values related to VAWG.
Fact Sheet #2 provides some of the key elements on the legal framework on VAWG in the same seven countries.