UfM Conference urgently calls for full participation of women as main vectors for regional stability and development

October 12, 2016
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High-level participants at the UfM 3rd high-level conference on women’s empowerment “Women for the Mediterranean: Driving force for development and stability”, held in Barcelona on 10-11 October 2016, stressed the necessity of a common vision and a regional framework to find concrete solutions to better mobilise the full potential of women. The conference also saw the launch of the 2nd phase of the UfM-UNIDO project “Promoting women’s empowerment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the MENA region”.
Over the 2 days, the Conference provided a regional dialogue forum where the 250 participants from more than 30 countries stressed the need to invest in the essential contribution of women as a response to the current Mediterranean challenges, including inclusive growth, extremism and radicalisation as well as migration challenges.  The conference featured a wealth of exchanges of experiences, best practices and concrete initiatives.
The Conference was the occasion to discuss the preliminary findings from the “Regional Dialogue on women’s empowerment”, launched by the UfM Secretariat throughout 2015 and 2016.  This platform gathered representatives from UfM governments, international experts on gender equality, as well as international and civil society organisations to review the current situation of women in the socio-economic life, the progress achieved since the Paris Ministerial commitments and prepare for the 2017 Ministerial Meeting, pushing forward a strong regional agenda on gender equality. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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