UfM conference renews push for gender equality in Euro-Mediterranean region

June 4, 2024
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The Union for the Mediterranean’s biennial High-Level Conference on Women for the Mediterranean, co-organised in 2024 with the Office of the Commissioner for Gender Equality of Cyprus, took place over two days in the Cypriot capital. Some 120 public officials and private sector, institutional, and civil society representatives as well as journalists convened to deliberate on concrete measures to effectively combat gender inequality in the Euro-Mediterranean region.



Attendees took part in discussions on the 2022 UfM Ministerial Declaration on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society’s central themes: women’s economic empowerment, gender and climate change, and violence against women and girls. These sessions helped guide actions to safeguard women’s rights, thereby operationalising the declaration’s 2024-2025 Roadmap for Implementation.



“Advancing women’s empowerment in the region is one of our greatest priorities,” said UfM Secretary General Nasser Kamel. “By embracing a gender-just climate transition, investing in women’s economic empowerment, supporting policies ending violence against women, enhancing policy accountability, and challenging deeply entrenched social norms against gender equality, we can build resilient societies that benefit all individuals regardless of their gender.” 

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Countries covered:

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