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July - September 2007















Training for Trainers 'Gender and Socio-Economic Empowerement' organized by CRTD.A, Beirut

The 5 days workshop was attended by 27 participant from Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Syria and Egypt and tackled on gender related issues and initiatives for women economic empowerment in the participating countries. Kkey note speakers were Mr Joseph Piazza D'olmo from EC Lebanon, Ms Mishka Hagbar from CAWTAR, and Ms Ekbal Dogan from the Alliance for Working Women. Local and regional media agencies covered the event. Go to press releases

Seminar on National Women Machineries, 13-14 June 07

The Euromed Role of Women in Economic Life seminar on National Women's Machineries was held from 13-14 June 2007 in the Conrad Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

The seminar offered a platform for presenting and discussing the outcome of the research topic of National Women’s Machineries. This is the first regional meeting of its kind. It provided a forum for actors from government bodies and civil society across the Mediterranean to discuss national women's machineries, their achievements as well as their shortcomings. Participants eagerly shared experiences from their countries, debated issues related to the role and performance of national women's machineries, and brainstormed both over urgent needs in this context and the means required to meet them. Participants hailed from Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. The report on the seminar highlighting the issues, discussions and recommendations emerging fro the sessions will soon be available on our website.

About The Programme

The Role of Women in Economic Life programme aims at enhancing the role and involvement of Mediterranean public governmental and non -governmental institutions to facilitate and expand opportunities for women’s economic participation.

EOWEL Projects

 The EC has provided grants to 7 NGO consortiums in the MEDA region to implement projects aiming at “Enhancing the Opportunities for Women in Economic Life” (EOWEL). Find out more about these projects.

Gender Equality Database

The Gender Equality Database will serve as an easily accessible and user-friendly framework that covers analysis of the situation of women in each of the ten Mediterranean countries. Explore the database.


News Feeding

bullet The Collective for Research and Training for Development - Action (CRTDA) in Lebanon holds an event in support of rural women’s cooperatives on December 9th. The “Taste of Traditions” is a lunch event that includes an exhibition of traditional food stuff prepared from local and age-old ingredients. Click here for Invitation (En) (Ar)

bullet Commissioners Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Vladimir Spidla reaffirm the European Commission's commitment to fight any form and expression of gender-based violence on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November).

bullet Workshop on Gender Equality in Practice organized by the PSU Egypt - November 5 - 9, 2007

bullet Athens hosts the 2007 Summit of Euro-Mediterranean Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions

bullet Le Monde Selon Les Femmes’ a women advocacy organization based in Belgium is organizing a series of gender training workshops on a variety of thematic areas. The training is conducted in French.

bullet Egypt to Host the World Economic Forum on the Middle East Next May in Sharm El Sheikh

bullet First MENA-OECD Women Business Leaders Forum & Business Day

bullet The project HBWW launched its website Women Artisans Network promoting the work of women working in crafts in Morocco and Turkey

bullet 'Women Entrepreneurs in MENA: Characteristics, Contributions and Challenges' prepared by IFC and CAWTAR.

bullet Al Moubadara, lead partner for the GEESE project organized two days Media workshop with partner organizations in Cairo. Report available in Arabic.

bullet The Contemporary Women and Youth Foundation Turkey, partner in the Home Based Working Women (HBWW) project will organize a conference on 14-15 September in Ankara to discuss issues related to HBWW in Turkey.

bullet 'Caught in Contradiction: A Profile of Gender Equality and Economy in Lebanon' prepared by CRTD.A Lebanon

bullet 'Family Courts in Egypt-An Exit from Marriage on a Pathway to Empowerment' prepared by Mulki Sharmani for Pathway of Women's Empowerment.

bullet ' Dwindling Gender Gap Sparks Entrepreneurial Spirit' interview with Nadereh Chamlou, World Bank

bullet Latest news from EuropAid on EU and its neighbours, September 07.

bullet 'Promoting the Rights of Women and Children Trough Information in Tunisia'( WRCATI) Arabic website is launched.

bullet World Bank report on status of MEDA Women

bullet Workshop on Gender and Aid Effectiveness, 11-12 July, Zambia

bullet Call for papers "Arab Women and Legislations"

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