The Foundation met in Amman with the 7 selected associations following the call for applications to mobilize equality actors at a local level (3rd edition). These associations will study subjects that have a direct impact on women’s lives such as women’s access to local political decision-making (Jordan and Morocco), women’s entrepreneurship (Algeria), women’s role in the preservation of the environment (Lebanon and Tunisia), and violence against women (Egypt and Palestine).
Every year, the Foundation sets up local clusters of gender equality actors around a leading association in order to develop a diagnosis on a specific subject and territory. The associations undertake to collaborate with different actors in their territory who do not work together generally (local and regional authorities, media, private sector…). They are also encouraged to partner with a research centre to develop the diagnosis according to an academic approach (collecting existing data, identifying the actors that need to be involved, analysing the identified obstacles…).
Through this initiative, the Foundation highlights the expertise of civil society as a driver of social change and privileged observer of gender equality policies. It allows researchers involved in local clusters to learn about the work of women’s rights associations. The local clusters’ methodology helps establish long-term partnership dynamics and unites the efforts and resources available for gender equality.