Enhancing Equality between Men and Women in the Euromed Region

Supports gender equality and the full implementation of CEDAW, increases knowledge on gender-based violence and backs the follow up to the Istanbul Ministerial Conference on Gender

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia

Timeframe: 2008-2011

Budget: €4.5 million (ENPI)

Aims at promoting three main priorities: support to the current dynamics that favour gender equality and promote women’s rights, and to the full implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and related instruments; contribution to increased knowledge of gender-based violence and support to actions addressing its occurrence and its root causes; backs the follow-up of the conclusions and the action framework of the Istanbul Ministerial conference on “Strengthening the Role of Women in Society”.


What does it do?

It follows on from the Role of Women in Economic Life programme (2006 – 2008).

It analyses women’s situation identifying needs, priorities and best practices and opens a space for discussions between partners to ensure implementation of CEDAW. It also seeks to build consensus on the definitions of the concept of “violence against women” and develop appropriate action plans which could circumvent this violation of human rights and fundamental obstacle to development.
The programme facilitates networking and the exchange of experience between the EU and Mediterranean countries and among the southern countries themselves, builds the capacity of key actors to promote gender equality and combat violence against women and promotes evidence-based advocacy so that policymakers adopt actions for change at the institutional and behavioral levels. The programme aims to work with the media so that positive imaged of the role of women in society are promoted and practices to fight violence against women are supported.


Actions in brief

  • Analyses the situation of women and builds on existing achievements;
  • Facilitates networking to promote exchanges of experience and knowledge;
  • Supports the capacity-building of key actors in order to promote gender equality and to combat violence against women;
  • Promotes evidence-based advocacy;
  • Works with the media, promoting positive images on the role of women in society.



EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.

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