Spring forward for women

Project Duration
2012 - 2016
€7 million
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Countries covered:

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

Brief Description

The project for political and economic empowerment of women in the Southern Mediterranean region promotes access and effective participation of marginalised women in economic and public life by addressing the barriers that have impeded their engagement in these areas.
Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia

Actions in brief


Carries out media campaigns to promote woman’s participation in economic and public life among the general public.

Political empowerment of women
  • Sets up country advisory groups (made up of the EU Delegations in each country, UN Women, NGOs and government representatives with the involvement of business associations, chambers of commerce and similar institutions) to act as a decision-making and as a monitoring body;
  • Provides training in identifying gender needs to all stakeholders; provides capacity development to transitional bodies, government ministries and civil society organisations; provides training for women in local councils; builds capacity in electoral bodies; develops the capacity of civil society and community-based organisations to ensure women’s participation in electoral processes.
Economic empowerment of women
  • Designs service packages that will include grants for start-ups (provided through NGOs), vocational and business development services (including training and marketing assistance) and asset transfers for capital development;
  • Establishes linkages between women entrepreneurs and NGOs and government service providers, business associations and chambers of commerce.
Sharing knowledge and experience of women’s political and economic rights on a regional basis
  • Sets up a system of regional knowledge and experience sharing on women’s citizenship and economic rights;
  • Creates a roster of technical experts to deliver expert advice as requested;
  • Carries out comparative analysis of constitutions, laws and policies in the region and beyond;
  • Works on the research, analysis and documentation of gender equality issues as well as the documentation of relevant methodologies.


Gender Sustainable Development