In Cairo, Euro-Med Civil Society Conference Issues Recommendations on Gender Equality Policy Making

Wednesday 13 dec 2017

The Civil Society Facility South represented by its Team Leader Dr Ahmed Al Damrawy took part in the Euro-Med Women’s Rights Civil Society Conference held on 22-23 November 2017, in Cairo. The event was organized by the Euromed Feminist Initiative with the support of the European Union (EU). The Conference gathered over 130 representatives from 107 women’s rights and human rights civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks, as well as gender experts, academia and media from 26 countries.
The Civil Society Conference was the final act of the women’s rights CSOs-led policy dialogue, initiated by the Euromed Feminist Initiative since 2015, which developed a Gender Regional Platform with policy recommendations to the 4th Union for Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Conference. As part of this process, the Conference aimed to foster, widen and sustain this regional dialogue on gender equality and to issue a Declaration to the Ministers of the 43 countries of UfM.
The participants worked in 2 days to prioritize most urgent actions and policies to be taken by the Ministers, before the next UfM Ministerial Meeting, in the areas identified by the Ministerial Process. They summarized their recommendations according to the expertise and experiences on the ground and issued a Declaration to the Ministers. “The Euromed Feminist Initiative has followed the UfM Ministerial Process on women’s rights since their first Ministerial Conference in 2016 in Istanbul, and has since then used the Ministerial Conclusions as a major regional tool for mobilizing the civil society, supporting the accumulation of political will for the promotion and implementation of women’s rights and gender equality across the Euro-Med Region.