WOMEN’s PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS
With the aim to strengthen to enhance women´s empowerment at all level of governance in the southern Mediterranean region, with particular attention to Morocco and Tunisia, in light of Council of Europe’s and other relevant international standards and best practices, the North-South Centre has organised two national workshops in both above-mentioned countries focused on the participation of women in political life. Both workshops provided an opportunity to analyse the women’s participation in the political life in the southern Mediterranean region, underlying the need to eliminate the political violence against women and to promote and strengthen their active participation throughout the whole political decision-making process.
1. «The political participation of women in Politics: Key factor for the dialogue and the democratic consolidation» (Tunis, 17th March 2014)
This national workshop was organised by the North-South Centre and the Centre of Arab Woman for Training and Research (CAWTAR), in Tunis. Approximately 70 participants identified operational recommendations on fighting stereotyping, raising awareness about democratic citizenship and supporting women candidates in elections. Current electoral processes in Tunisia an important indicator of the participation of women in future elections, as candidates, observers and as electors. Participants shared experience and good practices for possible replication in Tunisia. The results and recommendations of this workshop fed into the work of the 3rd International Conference of the North-South Process for Empowerment of Women (17-18 June 2014).
2. «Enhance women's access to political life in the Mediterranean: challenges and opportunities. The example of Morocco» (Tétouan, 28th March 2014).
This national workshop was organised by the North-South Centre and the association “Voix de Femmes de Tétouan”, in Tétouan. Recognising the significant progress made by Morocco, participants underlined the need to follow-up the establishment of the Authority for Equality and Fight against all Forms of Discrimination (APALD), to update the legal framework and also to launch an equality plan focused on temporary measures to promote positive discrimination and improve work-life balance. The results and recommendations of this workshop fed into the work of the 3rd International Conference of the North-South Process for Empowerment of Women (17-18 June 2014).
«The participation of women in political life in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries: Challenges and Opportunities» (Rabat, 17-18 June 2014).
The 3rd International Conference of the North-South Process for the Empowerment of Women (NSPEW) gathered more than 100 participants from across the South and East Mediterranean region (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon) representing the different actors of the quadrilogue assessed the challenges and opportunities faced by women in with regard to their participation in political life.
The Conference included a joint session on Women and the media, highlighting the important role media can play in promoting a culture of equality and parity. Participants identified operational activities to be followed up and highlighted the importance of South-South Dialogue and the exchange of best practices with European states and international organisations as a focus for future work in the framework of the Euro-Med Women Network (EMWN): (CoE, OSCE, CAWTAR, IDEA). The Conference received important visibility at the national level, widespread social media coverage and was the subject of special report on Med1 Radio.
The Conference was the fruit of good cooperation and improved synergies across CoE departments (PACE Ad-Hoc Committee, Gender Equality Division, Conference of INGOs and ODGPROG / South Programme, CoE Office in Rabat). The conference provided a follow-up to the challenges identified during the national workshops held in Tunis and Tétouan on the same topic.
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