UfM Regional Dialogue on women empowerment: international experts meeting held ahead of Ministerial Conference

May 2, 2016
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Fifty international experts on gender equality from Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) governments, international organisations and civil society organisations met on 25-26 April at the UfM headquarters in Barcelona, to prepare the ground for the Ministerial Meeting on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society, foreseen to take place in the first semester of 2017.
The objective of the UfM Regional Dialogue process on gender is to review the progress achieved in the implementation of the UfM ministerial commitments (UfM Ministerial Declaration on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society – Paris 2013), and prepare for the next Ministerial meeting. In this framework, four working groups are currently working on four areas identified as priorities to be covered by the Ministerial Declaration: 1) Women´s participation in economic life; 2) Women’s access to leadership and decision making positions; 3) Combat violence against women and gender-based violence; and 4) Dispel stereotypes through education and culture.
The four groups will present their conclusions and results to the Ad-hoc UfM Senior Officials Meeting on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society on the margins of the UfM Conference on Women’s Empowerment, set to take place next 5- 7 October 2016, in Barcelona. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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