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Online public debate - Bridging the sea: What are regional civil society's challenges in the Mediterranean?

15.02.2021 / Created by (EMWF)

Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality EU-Programme launches its new digital publication, called “Bridging the sea: a review of Mediterranean civil society ”.

Based on the findings of an extensive mapping survey research, the publication features 5 thematic chapters and comes with a range of analyses and data that can help civil society seizing the opportunities associated with regional action in the Mediterranean.

Illustrating main Euro-Mediterranean civil society field of work, sources of funding, achievements and challenges, this publication is in the same time, practical, highly-educational and inspiring. To mark the occasion, Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality programme is organizing one dedicated online public debate on February 18th 2021 at 5 pm (CET). This special session will be held under the topic “Bridging the sea: What are regional civil society’s challenges in the Mediterranean?".

It will gather prominent Mediterranean figures to exchange about the state of civil society network working beyond borders or having a transnational status in the region. It is recalled that this publication is a result of a mapping survey research, conducted between December 2019 and May 2020, which identified over 150 Mediterranean civil society networks and entities, working in the region on different topics (migration, human rights, cultural understanding, environment, etc.).

It will be available for downloading in margin of this online debate from February 18th 202.

In this context, this online public debate will aim at assessing the potentials and the obstacles civil society working beyond borders is facing nowadays in the Mediterranean; as well as at formulating the recommended policies and measures to strengthen its role.

It will therefore be an opportunity for civil society practitioners and journalists to frankly exchange with the speakers about Mediterranean challenges and other relevant questions.Practical information: The debate will last 90 minutes, and would be held in English, with Arabic and French translation for the registered organisations/ persons. It will be hosted on Zoom and also broadcasted live on Facebook.

Questions raised by participants will be addressed to the panel in writing via the chat form.

Your access to the debate will be sent to you by email, once registration process is closed.

For more information, please send an email to:

Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is a 3-year (2019-2022) EU-funded technical assistance regional programme with the overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale, in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and social resilience, as well as influencing policy-making in the South end Neighborhood and the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Registration deadline: February 17th at 12 pm (CET)


  • Event type : Conference / Debate / Forum
  • Location : Online
  • Start date : 17/02/2021
  • End date : 17/02/2021
  • Start time : 12:00


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