Fostering Women’s Economic Participation in the Western Mediterranean: Successful policies for in-depth transformations

7 May 2021 | Conference | English | French | Online
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In the context of the 2021 Spanish co-presidency of the 5+5 Dialogue and drawing on the Tunis Declaration adopted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Western Mediterranean countries on 22 October 2020, the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), founding member of the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation, is organising an online conference entitled “Fostering Women’s Economic Participation in the Western Mediterranean”. Under the guidance of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and within the framework of the MedThink 5+5 network of Western Mediterranean think tanks, this online conference aims at contributing with policy recommendations to the deliberations that Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Western Mediterranean area will conduct in their annual meeting under the Spanish co-presidency of the 5+5 Dialogue.  

In line with the UN 2030 Agenda, and particularly with the SDG number 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), this online conference seeks to present gender equality as a cross-sectional axis to build more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable societies. Drawing upon the gender indicators validated by the 42 UfM countries in 2020 and presented at the UfM Regional Dialogue Meeting on Women’s Empowerment, this conference aims at mapping the gender economic disparities that traverse the Western Mediterranean area whilst presenting successful practices that foster economic participation of women in the countries of the area. Speakers from different backgrounds, including public decision markers, representatives of international organisations and civil society organisations, will highlight national initiatives that have already made an impact at the economic and public policy levels. The dialogue ensuing from the discussion and the exchange of good practices will lead to the creation of public policy recommendations that aim at paving the way for in-depth economic and social transformations.