‘Eight March’: Women are the future of the Mediterranean

March 9, 2016
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“Women’s socio economic empowerment and youth employability (are) at the heart of regional initiatives”, the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) said in a statement issued on the occasion of International Women’s Day, on 8 March.
The UfM noted that “women largely contribute to human development and stability in the region. In some countries, they make up as much as 63 percent of university students. However, in the Mediterranean region, they represent only 28% of the labour force, 12% of entrepreneurs and 16% of the political class”.  It said “the region could increase its GDP per capita by 25%, by enhancing women’s equal participation in public life”.

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia