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Starting a business? Yes I can
The percentage of women in the overall labour force in Palestine does not exceed 14%. But some young female students have a clear goal in life: to become successful businesswomen. In order to learn how to start a business, they need to be trained, informed, motivated. A journalist of the EU Neighbou...
LibyaBlog, giving youth a voice
Professional and independent media can play a decisive role in the process aimed at restructuring democratic and civil society within a country. New social media is no exception. The European Union has decided to support the creation of a young, responsible and active Libyan blogosphere, where Libya...
Aladdin flies to the rescue of ancient theatres
An EU-supported project to protect and preserve ancient theatres in five Euro Med countries has turned to the magical world of Aladdin and his genie to inspire and educate children about coliseums and the value of cultural heritage. The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre sent along one of its journa...
The Old Khan restored to its former glories
Few would have imagined that this ancient caravanserai could be restored to its former glories after it had been reduced to rubble by a powerful earthquake in 1927. Prior to that, generations of merchants had spent the night here on their travels from Asia to North Africa. But the earthquake l...
Women seeking freedom and respect
They have been trained and empowered. Today they run small business, they manage shoe shops, they even teach aerobics at ladies’ gyms. Palestinian women living in six villages throughout the West Bank were given the chance to set off on a journey of self-accomplishment. Despite opposition, mai...
A movie from Gaza to London: Awatif’s mission impossible
A girl from a refugee camp in Gaza who wants to become an international movie director: it sounds like mission impossible, but it’s becoming reality for Awatif Aljedaili, from el Bourej refugee camp, whose film “Waiting for Heaven” was selected to participate at the prestigio...
Seeking film producers to portray the ‘Arab Spring’
Could the ‘Arab Spring’ be the creative driving force behind the Mediterranean cinematic landscape? At a time when entire film scripts are being written, the means to produce documentaries should also be secured. That’s exactly where the shoe pinches: in Beirut- just like in many o...
Don't touch my wooden door!
The story of a venture that brought together teachers, state school pupils, parents, school heads and museum interpreters and curators with a single purpose: to save the wooden doors of Tangier's medina – an initiative led by the Siwa & Tangier project, funded by the European Union under t...
In search of Medieval Petra
Linking the rose city to the crusaders’ fortress, promoting the development of a marginal community, turning around the fortunes of Southern Jordan’s forgotten area: a multi-pronged EU-funded project, "Liaisons for growth", is underway to put the town of Shobak and...
EuropeAid Feature - Rediscovering together the water heritage in the Mediterranean region (REMEE): When memories of water become heritage
In the Mediterranean region, water heritage such as canals, wells, aqueducts, fountains or Turkish baths represent the way rural and urban populations coped with the scarcity of water and how they organised local structures around water management in the past. Today many key ancient key site...
EuropeAid Feature - Masarat - A journey through Palestinian women's lives
Countries of the Euro Mediterranean area face common problems in terms of gender equality, such as stereotypes of the role of women or domestic violence. Media as a key source of information plays a strategic role in influencing societies and promoting efforts to fight gender stereotypes. ...
Montada promotes heritage value of Kairouan
Teaching people from Kairouan about Kairouan? This is what is planned for September 2010 in four schools of this city in central Tunisia. It is essentially a teaching and learning tool, which has been developed by the Montada project and will be made available to teachers in Kairou...
Combating discrimination and violence against women
Gender equality and stopping violence against women are in the focus of the EU-funded “Enhancing Equality between Men and Women” programme (EGEP) that is assessing the situation in 9 Mediterranean partner countries. Stopping violence against women is a priority, team leader Judit...
Eurojar Feature - The Phoenician heritage: a common Euro-Mediterranean asset
In the framework of the European programme “Euromed Heritage IV”, Mare Nostrum project works on linking cities developed by the Phoenicians. A paragon of the Mediterranean cooperation, this project aims at revitalizing the targeted areas and enhancing an antique relationship amon...
Breaking the wall of silence
Women in the occupied Palestinian territories have long lived in the shadow of their male relatives, often suffering untold abuse. Now, an EU-funded film project, ‘Masarat’, has given them a voice, shattering taboos in the most dramatic way. When local Tulkarem TV statio...
EU-funded ‘Samir Kassir Award for Press Freedom’ improves journalists’ lives
Winning last year’s edition of the EU-sponsored ‘Samir Kassir Award for Press Freedom’ has improved the life of young Lebanese freelance journalist Carole Kerbage, as she told ANSA news agency. "With the prize money (12,500 Euros), I have improved my life. I've become ...
Eurojar Feature - “Masarat”: Palestinian women’s tales in four films
Palestinian creativity was demonstrated through four contemporary creations produced by women film-makers. Women artists were given the stage to express their identity, struggle and fears. Badiaa Zaydan - Ramallah, Eurojar Four films produced by four prominent Palestinian women film-m...
Eurojar Feature - The Euromed Audiovisual programme enters its third phase
On 23, 24 and 25 November 2009, the European Union organized a Euromed Audiovisual Programme workshop in Brussels on the progress of the programme’s legal database as well as on the safeguard of the cultural diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Main discussion topics are detailed in t...
Guardians of Water: EuroMed Heritage project in Morocco and Tunisia
The use of water touches at the heart of Mediterranean civilisation, a living memory of society’s relationship with its environment. Yet water heritage is staring extinction in the face, buckling under the pressures of development and demographic change. In the face of ...
Iron Ladies from Palestine
The Euromed Women’s programme yields results. In partnership with the European Union, local Palestinian and Israeli organizations, including the Palestinian Media and Development Institute, the Jerusalem Women Association in East Jerusalem, and the Herzliya-based Center for Jewish-Arab Economi...
Eurojar is one of 13 projects funded across the ENPI under EuropeAid’s €19 million Regional Information and Communication Programme, which seeks to increase awareness and understanding among the citizens of the area, about the EU, its policies and relations with their countries. T...
Women for Women
The project "Economic Empowerment for Palestinian Women: Turning Business Ideas into Reality", has trained 125 Palestinian women entrepreneurs from Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus and Bethlehem, 100 Palestinian women entrepreneurs with existing business, and 250 women entrepreneurs (both Arab a...
Greenhouse project: Where filmmakers meet
A project funded through the Euromed Audiovisual II programme brings together filmmakers from Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Turkey. While being trained and supported in their documentaries, the Greenhouse project offers them a platform from where they exchange experiences and views. It...
Today we are invited to take part in all of the decisions taken in our village
At least 3,000 women have benefitted from the “female entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean” project to date. This project was launched in January 2006 thanks to EU funding, creating a non-financial service where the Lebanese development association, Al Majmoua, focuses exclusively ...
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