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In partnership with women

Mediterranean and Middle East Region

Algeria

Formation et information des femmes de Constantine pour les aider à mieux s'organiser et réagir face aux cas de non-droit

L’action pour la formation, l’information des femmes et des enfants aux droits de l’homme et à la citoyenneté (AFIFE), tel est l'intitulé du projet subventionné par l'Union européenne et  a présenté par la section locale de l’association RACHDA de Constantine (450 Km à l'est d'Alger). D'une durée de 28 mois (mars 2010 à septembre 2012), ce projet visait le renforcement, la promotion des droits de l’homme et la citoyenneté, notamment chez les jeunes et les femmes. Il a contribué à la valorisation de l’éducation civique des habitants de la ville de Constantine, par la diffusion des valeurs démocratiques et citoyennes, à travers la formation et l’information.           

Près de 2000 personnes, dont  élèves des écoles et des centres de formation, enseignants, cadres de l’éducation, personnels des cellules de proximité, mouvement associatif ont bénéficié de formations sur la citoyenneté, les droits de l’homme , les droits de l’enfant, le code de la   famille et autres. 

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Tunisia

Le centre Sawa du Kef  a été crée en novembre 2011 dans le cadre du projet de « Promotion de l’égalité à travers le renforcement de la société civile et la participation des citoyennes et citoyens au processus démocratique dans le nord ouest tunisien »  mené par l’AFTURD (Association des Femmes Tunisiennes pour la Recherche et le Developpement) en partenariat avec la Fondation CIDEAL et cofinancé par l’UE (IEDDH 2011).

Cet espace offre un service d’appui à la société civile et des programmes de formation pour les nouvelles associations crée après le 14 janvier 2011, principalement les associations de femmes ou dont les actions sont dirigées aux femmes afin de renforcer leurs compétences dans le domaine des droits des femmes et la prise en charge de leurs besoins et intérêts stratégiques dans le but de réduire les inégalités de genre.

Ce programme a permis de financer les initiatives de 4 associations dans le domaine de la lutte contre la discrimination et le développement de la participation égale entre les hommes et les femmes dans la vie politique, sociale, culturelle et économique dans les Gouvernorats du Kef et de Béja. Il a également permis de créer un réseau de collaboration actif entre les associations du Kef et de Béja qui vont mener ensemble dans les prochaines semaines une campagne de défense des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels des femmes dans les gouvernorats du Kef et de Béja.

Sawa offre également depuis septembre 2012 un espace d’orientation et d’écoute psychologique, juridique et professionnel avec une équipe d’expertes qui viennent appuyer les   les femmes en situation de difficultés. Aujourd’hui une vingtaine de femmes sont venues consulter ce service ce qui leur a permis d’avoir  accès à l’information sur leurs droits, à un soutien psychologique mais aussi sur toutes les possibilités d’accès au champ professionnel. Cet espace est entrain de se convertir en centre de ressource pour la société civil et en services et  appui pour les femmes de la région tout en appuyant la promotion des droits des femmes et des valeurs égalitaires. Plus d'info... pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

Egypt

An initiative titled “Spirit of Tahir” has been launched under the banner of the ENPI Global Allocation to Cultural Cooperation. The “Spirit of Tahir” project will look to contribute to raising awareness about the recent political upheavals in the country and to stress their importance for Egypt’s future through arts or other cultural means.

Another ongoing project is the partnership with Democracy Reporting International. This initiative, in support of civil society organisations, will help to create and foster links between civil society and civic interest groups that formed during recent protests. It will also work with Egyptian actors to support them in providing the Egyptian public with analysis on the political reforms that will be undertaken in the moths to come. Both women as a group and gender aspects overall are a cross-cutting dimension of the entire action.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDR) has been actively supporting the role of women’s activists and gender civil society organisations in the European Neighbourhood Policy by funding a wide range of actions across a variety of areas.

Projects in Egypt that are currently being supported include: supporting the causes of marginalised women, supporting women leadership and participation in elections, and enhancing marginalised women’s enjoyment of economic rights.

Jordan

Women empowerment and social rights in Jordan is the focus of the strengthening the capacity of two “Village Business Incubators”, which promote rural women participation in the labour market.

In Jordan, the EIDHR has launched schemes focused on the prevention of any form of violence against women and girls, women’s political participation, non-discriminatory access to the labour market, and the establishment of a legal framework that would eliminate any form of discrimination against women.

Yemen

The EU has been making use of several of its financial instruments and programmes to support human rights, women’s rights organisations and promote gender equality. The empowerment of women as change agents in particular has been a core objective of the EU's cooperation with Yemen since 2005 onwards.

The EU has engaged in bilateral cooperation with Yemen to being together authorities and civil society for the strengthening and protection of human rights. The core groups targeted are women and children. In the framework of this program, the EU Delegation signed and implemented 10 projects in different areas of the Republic of Yemen, all to strengthen the position of marginalized groups of women and children. Project activities included raising awareness on child trafficking and also on women's rights in the traditional and tribal areas of Yemen.

As of 2010, the EU identified a follow up program to continue its excellent cooperation with the Yemeni authorities on furthering human rights and gender equality. In this program, the delegation intends to work also with the Women National Committee – a semi-government

Since 2003, special focus to empower women as voters and electoral officials has been given by the EU and UNDP in their joint electoral support programmes. Currently, the 3rd subsequent electoral support project (EC-UNDP Joint Electoral Assistance Project – JEAP) includes a specific component to work with female candidates and work also to ensure a more equitable inclusion of women as electoral staff, while continuing to work on raising awareness on women's participation to the political process in their capacity as voters.

Priorities on gender equality hold a prominent place amongst the objectives of the EU in Yemen. Examples include seeking supporting the efforts of local actors to lobby for legislation to be adopted to establish a safe marriage age and also to raise awareness at community level against the dangers of early marriage

Under the ’Investing in People’ initiative, the EU is implementing a regional project to strengthen awareness on sexual and reproductive rights among young people in different Arab countries, including Yemen. A new call for proposals on gender will be launched in the coming year and could include actions in the Republic of Yemen.

EU engagement with local actors has included a project to address water, sanitation and health conditions of women in mountainous tribal areas as well as a project to raise awareness on nutrition and breastfeeding best practices among women in the extremely poor Tihama region. 

European Commission - UN Partnership on women's empowerment following the Arab Spring

On 17 October 2012 the European Commission and UN Women launched Spring Forward for Women, a new joint regional programme for the South Mediterranean Region. The programme aims to support national and regional stakeholders to empower women economically and politically in the context of the progress that has followed the Arab Spring. Read more...

Euro-Mediterranean initiative: Nissa TV

The European External Action Service promotes a new initiative called Nissa TV coinciding with International Women's Day 2012. Nissa TV is a groundbreaking project to create a Euro-Mediterranean TV channel for the promotion of equality between men and women and the strengthening of the role of women in the region.

At a time of major social and political change in the Mediterranean region, Nissa TV represents a unique and modern response to an evolving situation. The goal of Nissa TV is to break stereotypes of women in the area and to allow them to express their thoughts and opinions; despite the traditional roles they may be in.

The new channel is a collaboration between women on both sides of the Mediterranean; working together with the common goal to promote and value the position of women.

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