CSO WINS – Capacity-building in the Southern Mediterranean to Open policy dialogue and monitoring for Women IN Society

Duration: 2015-2018

Budget: €650,000

The project emerges from the analysis of women’s situation in the Arab world following the historic changes ongoing in the region since 2011. This process of political transformation has seen the emergence of civil society, in which women have had a leading role. Despite some successes, such as the recognition of equality between men and women in the Moroccan, Tunisian and Egyptian constitutions, gender inequality has prevailed in real life in the political, social and economic arenas.

In order to achieve a better status for women in the Arab world, the project handles the three main strands identified to overcome the low turnout of CSOs in the policy-making process as watchdog players: a) Weakness of CSOs’ initiatives to influence the decision-making process; b) Restricted visibility of the stakeholders who work for the advance of women’s rights at national level due to a limited tradition of dialogue with the national authorities;  c) Marginalisation of the organisations operating in the regions outside the big capitals and urban areas.

The project targets CSOs of 8 priority countries that are willing to become efficiently involved in policy dialogue and decision-making spaces and that work in the three key areas defined by the aforementioned Ministerial Conference: Equal rights of women and men to participate in political, economic, civil and social life; Combating all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and Change in attitude and behaviour to attain gender equality. 


The general objective of the project is to support active and inclusive civil society organisations (CSOs) that contribute to the social and economic development of partner countries. The project will achieve that through reinforcing the capacity of CSOs from the Southern Neighbourhood countries to take part in policy dialogue and to monitor progress towards the role of women in society at national and Euro-Mediterranean level.



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