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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
(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 Syriaand in protracted conflict, such as Palestine. The programme methodology is focusing on the four following areas to achieve its desired results:
 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.
EU, UN WOMEN, LIBYAN WOMEN AND INTERNATIONAL ACTORS MEET IN TUNISIA TO ENSURE WOMEN’S ENGAGEMENT IN DECISION MAKING IN LIBYA Tunis,... More
Ramallah, Bethlehem, Gaza – Within the capacity building component of the One Stop Shop Project implemented by the Business Women Forum in... More
Ramallah 28 April 2016 - UN Women, the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) coordinated in 19... More
Rabat (Morocco) – 18 March 2016: Over 120 women parliamentarians (nearly 25% of total) from the Arab states region endorsed the “Rabat... More
6 March 2016, Ramallah - UN Women and the International Labor Organization (ILO) concluded a four-day training for 15 female and male employees of... More