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Union for the Mediterranean endorses regional mechanism to assess gender equality

MEDITERRANEAN. The Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have approved "the intergovernmental monitoring and set of indicators to track progress on gender equality in the Euro-Mediterranean region", said the Barcelona-based institution on Monday 5 October 2020.

Initiated within the framework of the UfM's Ministerial Declaration on strengthening the role of women in society adopted in Cairo in 2017, this intergovernmental mechanism, the idea of which was launched in March 2019, will make it possible to "provide scientific data on the progress of gender equality, in order to develop measures and support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals with the aim of achieving the full potential of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region", the UfM stated.

It is based on twenty indicators (see infographics) that will be officially presented and discussed from 16 to 20 November 2020 in Barcelona at the UfM's regional conference "Women4Mediterranean", whose theme will be "Accelerating equality between women and men in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic". Six of them will be selected by the UfM countries and used for the first monitoring exercise launched on the occasion of this event.

"Building New Inclusive Societies"

Union for the Mediterranean endorses regional mechanism to assess gender equality
Four priority areas have been defined and will be broken down into as many reports: "women's access to leadership and decision-making", "women's access to participation in economic life", "combating violence against women and girls", "combating gender discrimination and stereotypes".

"We need to build new inclusive societies that guarantee girls and women the space to realise their full potential as agents of change and contribute to their socio-economic development. This monitoring mechanism will provide an effective way to assess progress on women's rights and to work collectively to accelerate the full participation of women in the region," comments Nasser Kamel, Secretary General of the UfM.


Frédéric Dubessy

Monday, October 5th 2020

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