Outcomes of Civil Society Consultations "Follow up on the 4th UfM Ministerial Meeting on Women’ Empowerment"

10 Oct 2018

Euromed Feminist Initiative has provided since 2015 a platform for sustainable discussion between women’s rights organizations, legislators and political decision-makers in order to further gender equality and women’s rights policy-making across the Euro-Med region. The process is supported by the European Union. This dialogue has followed up on the development of UfM Ministerial process on women's rights and on the implementation of the Declaration from the 4th UfM Ministerial Conference, held on 27 Nov 2017 in Cairo.

The civil society conference back-to-back the Ministerial meeting, (22–23 Nov 2017 Cairo) gathered over 130 representatives from 107 organizations and networks, as well as academia and media from 26 countries and issued a Civil Society Declaration to the 4th UfM Ministerial Conference, with recommendations for concrete policy actions, measures and processes, based on shared experience, expertise and analyses of the situation in the region, as well as on the priorities and policy orientations of the Gender Regional Platform, possible to be implemented before the 5thUfM Ministerial Conference. The Declaration was presented to the Ministerial meeting.

In the follow up phase, national dialogues were organised from January to July 2018 in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia by the members of Euromed Feminist Initiative in these countries, who are independent women's rights organizations. The national dialogues gathered altogether 456 national actors: representatives from 159 CSOs, 31 Ministries and institutions, political parties, local self-governments municipalities, legal and gender experts, the media, diplomats and EU representatives in the 7 countries. They discussed the Ministerial Conclusions and the Civil Society Declaration and proposed recommendations and follow up mechanisms on national level