In 2020, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Political Feminism project in the MENA region commenced a project in partnership with Solidarity Is Global Institute in Jordan (SIGI-Jo) that aims at developing a set of principles for national mechanisms for gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the Paris Principles for national human rights institutions.
The set of principles are meant to counter the challenges and accommodate the global changes that negatively affect the work of these national mechanisms and to accelerate the progress towards gender equality.
Following research and various consultation meetings with relevant experts and stakeholders, a set of nine principles, titled the "Amman Principles", were developed. The principles offer ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, independence, sustainability and impact of national mechanisms, while also proposing an accreditation structure and framework.
This year, FES and SIGI-Jo is kick-starting an international dialogue on the importance of the adoption of the Amman Principles as an international instrument. This global event will present the principles and invite representatives working at national mechanisms for gender equality or human rights, women’s rights organizations and activists, feminist collectives, institutes, and networks from different regions across the globe.
The aim is to validate the applicability of the developed principles within the context of their regions and provide insights to further advance the Amman Principles project.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.