The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) (Reg. no. 234) is a non-profit organisation which promotes and contributes to projects of social, political, and economic themes relating to gender with an emphasis on the Mediterranean region. The Institute recognises the multilayered levels of discrimination against women and accepts that this discrimination takes different forms. It is committed to the elimination of this discrimination using a combination of research, advocacy and lobbying, as well as trainings, conferences, and other activities with the aim to:
- Stimulate interest in gender research in the Mediterranean region and identify key areas of concern and action in the area.
- Systematically address, analyse, and conduct research on, for, and by women; review and use existing information on women and the gender system such as research, statistical information and other available data and make relevant recommendations on policy and practices in related areas. Support gender research through library and documentation services, including the introduction and promotion of a system of data collection by gender.
- Identify the need to develop new legislation that corresponds to the new conditions and protects women’s rights effectively.
- Increase awareness of gender issues in civil society and facilitate the capacity for action by providing all interested parties with information and organising training, campaigns, seminars, workshops, and lectures.
- Support and promote educational programmes, including post-graduate work, in related areas in collaboration with research Institutes and universities.
- Develop methods and take initiatives on peace-building and conflict transformation as these relate to gender issues.
- Support regional, European, and global initiatives and programmes concerning issues affecting women’s lives, such as domestic violence, substance abuse, trafficking, war, and the labour market.
- Create and support networks with other non-governmental organisations in related areas.
Thus, MIGS aims to act as a main contributor to the intellectual, political, and socio-political life of the region as this relates to issues of gender and to do so using a multidisciplinary approach and in collaboration with other institutions.
MIGS is closely affiliated to the University of Nicosia, the largest academic institution in Cyprus. The institute has been actively involved, both as a coordinating institution and as a partner, in the administration and implementation of a number of projects related to issues of gender. More specifically, the institute has conducted work in the area of the media, interpersonal violence against women and girls, migration, leadership and decision making, ethno-political conflict, employment and economic life. The institute has received funding from the European Commission, the Global Fund for Women, the United Nations Office for Project Services, the British Council, the European Journalism Centre, the Embassy of the United States of America and the National Machinery of Women’s Rights in Cyprus as well as from various other national, regional, and international organisations.
MIGS works with a broad network of scholars and researchers with expertise in gender related areas and has strong links with a wide network of organisations working on gender in the Mediterranean region and the European Union, particularly civil society organisations, research institutes, and universities. MIGS is a member of several large European networks including the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), Women Against Violence in Europe (WAVE), Women In Development Europe (WIDE), and ATHENA – Socrates Thematic Network Project. MIGS is responsible for the secretariat for the Women’s International Studies Europe (WISE) network. The Institute engages in the regular exchange of information with these organisations and networks through newsletters, mailing lists, country reports on gender related topics, as well as information on new publications, training seminars, workshops, and conferences.
Through its projects MIGS has established expertise in project management and administration including the drafting of technical and financial proposals, the implementation and supervision of activities including research and training, as well as the conceptual and logistical organisation of events such as conferences, seminars, workshops, press conferences, awareness campaigns and others. MIGS has also acquired substantial knowledge of the rules and regulations of various EU funding bodies, particularly the European Commission.
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