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Spring Forward for Women Programme

The uprisings sweeping the Arab States region after December 2010 have dramatically challenged the socio-political and economic frameworks of the region. The central role that women took within the uprisings has created new momentum for meaningful citizenship and political empowerment in a region with the lowest levels of political  and labour force participation among women globally. The regional women’s economic and political empowerment (Spring Forward for Women) provides a mechanism to advance the economic empowerment of women in the Southern Mediterranean region Read More

and to assist them to reposition themselves in the political and decision making spaces so that they may have greater influence in shaping the future of their countries in the on-going democratic transition while protecting their previous gains. The overall objective of the programme is to promote the access and effective participation of marginalised women in economic and public life, by addressing the barriers that have impeded the access and engagement of marginalised women in these areas. The programme pursues the following specific objectives:  

(1) To empower women politically in order to assure women's active engagement in decision making spaces; 

(2) To empower women economically; and 

(3) To enhance regional knowledge and experience-sharing on women's political and economic rights.

The programme operates at the regional level within the framework of the knowledge hub and at the country level in a number of priority countries based on country action plans validated by a Country Advisory Group.  The programme works at multiple levels to respond to the specific support needs at the regional and country level building on local initiatives in priority countries with the recognition that sustainable change must be locally-owned and led. The work at the regional level focuses on capacity building and advocacy targeting all Southern Mediterranean countries coupled with programmatic action in a number of priority countries undergoing: transition and reforms, such as Libya, Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt; experiencing unrest such as Syria[1]and in protracted conflict, such as Palestine.  The programme methodology is focusing on the four following areas to achieve its desired results:

  • Capacity development:  By strengthening the capacity of different stakeholders, the programme aims to ensure civil society’s greater ability to encourage and increase women’s participation in the political and economic spheres as well as governments’ capacity to set the systems and resources in place to serve women’s needs and priorities. 
  • Evidence-based advocacy:  By supporting advocacy efforts by gender advocates from civil society (women’s rights organizations and networks, feminists economists, and gender experts), from government (NWMs, gender focal points in line ministries, and women parliamentarians), the programme seeks to influence the policy making process. 
  • Knowledge building and information sharing:  By undertaking research and gender analysis of the economic and political regional context, the programme aims at influencing the policy dialogue at national and regional levels, strengthening the voice of gender advocates, and providing evidence for change. It also aims at providing information and knowledge to facilitate capacity development to increase exchange of best practices across the region.
  • Partnership building, coordination and engaging with multiple stakeholders:  By engaging with multiple stakeholders (government, civil society, academia, media, etc.) and creating or strengthening spaces for multi-stakeholder dialogue, the programme aims at strengthening the commitment of different levels of government, opening spaces for civil society, and strengthening commitment towards women participation in public life.

[1]     At the moment of writing, EU co-operation with Syrian authorities (government entities) is suspended. In the light of future decisions, the Commission shall assess the opportunity to involve Syrian authorities in the action´s implementation.

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