Towards Inclusive Mediterranean Economies: Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Region

27 May 2024 | Policy Study | English

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In this first publication of the MedWE programme, the IEMed and the Union for the Mediterranean aim to contribute to applied research on the crucial area of gender equality and women’s empowerment. In the contemporary Mediterranean landscape, women face many obstacles that hinder their complete economic and social advancement.

This publication is the result of the conference organised in cooperation with LECE in October 2023 in Barcelona. During this conference, the MedWE program brought together experts, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to explore strategies for overcoming barriers and promoting women’s economic empowerment in the Mediterranean region. Through a series of panel discussions, key challenges, opportunities in the areas of education and workforce participation, entrepreneurship, access to finance, legal and regulatory reform, and gender equality in the work environment were examined. Various stakeholders shared expertise and effective practices to foster women’s economic empowerment across different sectors and levels within the Euro-Mediterranean region.

This policy study, combined with the work of the Union for the Mediterranean, intends to establish a new line of work which addresses gender as a central element for advancing towards a more inclusive Mediterranean. Through recommendations that will serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, business leaders, activists, and scholars committed to forging a fairer and more just future for all inhabitants of the Mediterranean, the paper seeks to foster greater gender equality and social inclusion in the region. By identifying key challenges and proposing strategies, it contributes to promote women’s economic empowerment across the Mediterranean.

The MedWE (Mediterranean Women Empowerment) Programme is a joint initiative of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). The primary objective of this program is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Within the framework of MedWE, a series of joint activities focusing on gender issues will be organised, including seminars and conferences that will bring together researchers, policymakers, and civil society members. The goal of these gatherings is to generate fruitful dialogue and exchange knowledge and experiences to promote gender equality in the region.

In this context, Policy Studies will be regularly published, dedicated to disseminating research findings generated during these activities. These studies will be published once a year and aim to strengthen the connection between research and public policies. The documents will provide reflections and recommendations aimed at researchers, policymakers, and civil society members working to promote women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean.

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