Gender equality, a pillar of Cross Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean
June 9, 2016
The Cross Border Cooperation programme in the Mediterranean Basin (CBCMed) took part in the first International Conference on Preventive Diplomacy in the Mediterranean, on the theme of conflict prevention and the UN agenda in Alicante on 30 and 31 of May.
In a panel under the title “The women, peace and security agenda in the Mediterranean area”, Federico Martire, coordinator of the CBCMed Programme Branch Office in Valencia (Spain), highlighted the importance of women’s empowerment and gender equality in cross-border cooperation. “Women’s empowerment was the focus of some of the projects implemented during the 2007-2013 period. Based on the positive results of these initiatives, participating countries decided to upscale the support to gender equality, making it a priority issue for all projects to be funded under the second generation of the Programme,” he said.
Women and young people are key beneficiaries of the new ENI CBC Med Programme. With a budget of EUR 209 million, large attention will be dedicated to support women’s entrepreneurship, as well as social inclusion and fight against poverty.
The ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 is a multilateral cross-border cooperation programme funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood Instrument. It aims at reinforcing cooperation between the EU and partner countries’ regions located along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. (EU Neighbourhood Info)