Within the framework of its project entitled Enhancing women’s rights, gender equality and civil society participation in the context of the Istanbul-Marrakech Process funded by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network organized the Gender Working Group’s bi-annual meeting on April 25-27, 2013 in Dead Sea, Jordan.

Activists from Europe and the South Mediterranean Region the meeting attended the meeting to:

  1. Monitor the developments on the status of women’s rights in the Euro-Med region. 
  2. Discuss the Network’s activities on women’s rights & gender equality in 2013 with focus on a regional report and NGO conference on violence against women scheduled in Autumn 2013. 
  3. Agree on a gender mainstreaming (GM) strategy including the establishment of Gender Focal Points (GFPs) and GM task force and GM the Network’s working groups. 
  4. Develop the future EMHRN program on women’s rights and gender equality. 

The Euro-Mediterranean region is still undergoing a multitude of diverse challenges resulting from economic, social and political crises, transitions and reforms. These challenges have tremendous effects on women’s and girls’ lives. Special focus was given on violence against women as a cross cutting issue affecting women in South Mediterranean countries and Europe.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) issued a press release expressing the Network’s mounting concern and dismayed the serious violations of women’s and girls’ rights in Syria, especially those who have been displaced inside the country and sought refuge in neighbouring countries. The EMHRN urges Syria, the states concerned and the international community to make every effort to end the Syrian conflict and initiate steps to: a) put an end to the serious, repeated violations of Syrian women and girls; b) make urgent action to permanently improve the humanitarian and economic situation of refugee and displaced women and children. Read more about women’s realities in Syria and recommendations in the press release.

General Description of the EMHRN

The Euro‐Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) regroups more than 80 human rights organizations and individuals based in 30 countries in the Euro‐Mediterranean region. It promotes networking, cooperation and development of partnerships between human rights NGOs, activists and wider civil society in the Euro‐Mediterranean region.

For more information on the workshops and their outcomes please contact Christina Kaili at christina@medinstgenderstudies.org.