The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies is the sole partner to the British Council in a service tender contract with the European Commission titled “Role of Women in Economic Life – Technical Assistance for the provision of studies, data collection, beneficiaries’ capacity building and monitoring as well as dissemination of programme results”.

The main aim of the project is to enhance the role and the impact of Mediterranean public institutions responsible for gender equality policies and their implementation in order to facilitate opportunities for women’s economic participation in the Mediterranean region.

The project consists of three objectives:

1. Monitoring of “enhancing of opportunities for women in economic life” projects;

2. Studies and database on gender mainstreaming policies;

3. Awareness-raising actions, dissemination of information and communication.

It is expected that as a result of the programme a range of public and private sector institutions responsible for gender policies an initiatives will be enabled to:

1. Deliver more gender-sensitive approaches to policy and planning which will ensure women’s equal access to training and help break down gender-based occupational segregation, and improve the participation and integration of women in the labour market;

2. Provide micro-credit and micro-finance facilities and appropriate training and other services to women, especially the most needy;

3. Provide training in economic literacy, legal literacy and leadership that will enable women to take on management and decision-making positions in public and in private sectors;

4. Improve data on the informal and care economies so that the contribution of women becomes more visible;

5. Recognise and work to ameliorate the gender impact of macro-economic policies;

6. Adopt gender budgeting approaches at national, sectoral and local levels;

7. Revise policies, legislation and regulations to ensure gender equality with respect to inheritance, property ownership, and other areas where inequalities persist;

8. Strengthen networking and organisation of civil society groups with respect inter-alia to CEDAW monitoring, follow-up to Beijing and the MDGs.

Through the monitoring of the ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women in Economic Life’ programme, awareness raising and networking of beneficiaries and dissemination of programme results, this project will also impact upon some of the wider policy, legal and cultural issues affecting women’s economic participation throughout the region.

As a partner to this project MIGS is responsible for the compiling and editing the quarterly EUROMED gender equality newsletter, organising, co-facilitating and/or providing technical inputs in selected regional meetings, and for providing regular inputs to the project’s website (e.g. relevant links, news, new publications, etc.). Furthermore, MIGS plays an active role in the communication and dissemination strategy of the project.

The first partner meeting took place on the 26-29 June 2006, at the Conrad Hotel in Cairo. The second partner’s meeting took place in Casablanca, Morocco on the 5-8 March 2007.

To view the Meeting Reports see below:

First Partner Meeting Report [PDF]

Second Partner Meeting Report [PDF]

The Euromed Women’s Rights Quarterly newsletter is available below:

Euromed Womens Rights Newsletter [No.1]

Euromed Womens Rights Newsletter [No.2]

Euromed Womens Rights Newsletter [No.3]

Also, view the CEDAW Country Status Assesment Booklet

For more information on project activies please visit: www.euromedwomensrights.net

You can also view a description of the project through “Intute” a web resources guide for education and research. http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/cgi-bin/fullrecord.pl?handle=20071212-14011560

For more information contact Susana Pavlou on ++357 22 351 276, ext. 115 or susana@medinstgenderstudies.org