Interview with Rafaella Iodice – Cooperation is all about people
Working closely with civil society and cooperation in the areas of human rights, culture, media, youth and gender are at the heart of the EU’s partnership with its Southern Mediterranean Neighbours. “We try to go beyond the one-size-fits-all approach,” says Raffaella Iodice, ...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Judith Neisse - Gender Equality programme
EU-funded Gender Equality Programme analyses women’s situation in the Mediterranean “Each government holds legal and political responsibility towards the principle of equality between all citizens: human rights are women’s rights too”, says Judith Neisse, the team ...
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...
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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