CMI FEMISE COVID-19 MED BRIEF 15 – Reducing Gender Inequality and Unemployment among Women in the Mediterranean: post-COVID responses and areas for more regional cooperation

March 12, 2021
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This brief examines how the COVID-19 crisis has further aggravated gender inequality in the Southern Mediterranean region. Zooming in on socio-economic and social consequences, it highlights some gender-sensitive measures taken throughout the region to mitigate the impact for women.

It argues that gender equality needs to be a priority and an integral part of national agendas. Improving the collection and provision of sex-aggregated data is also a crucial requirement for gender-sensitive policy making.

The brief also proposes cooperation schemes and regional adaptation of best practices to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a watershed moment for gender equality in the Mediterranean. Areas where cooperation can prove efficient include initiatives for changing mentalities, a regional mechanism to assist those in the informal sector, capacity building and the digital sector.

The recent coronavirus crisis threatens the health, economies and societies of all countries. In Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries, the fight against the pandemic is even more complicated. Cooperation and EU-Med strategies in key sectors are needed. Therefore, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and FEMISE join forces and launch their joint series of Policy Briefs called “COVID-19 MED BRIEFS” to pave the way for thematic analyses and policy relevant recommendations.