This report gathers the conclusions of the V UfM Women4Mediterranean Conference 2020, which featured the participation of diverse stakeholders in gender equality and women’sempowerment in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Conference welcomed more than100 expert speakers, including high-level representatives from the UfM Co-Presidency, theMinistries of twelve countries from both theNorthern and Southern shore of the Mediterranean and the main international organisations working in the region such as the UN Women and WHO, as well as several representatives ofthe civil society operating in the region.
Several side events led by key experts to learn in-depth about the most pressing issues regarding gender equality, and to co-create ideas, solutions and policy recommendations were hosted in the framework of the 5 days of Conference. The pre-Conference Challenge Labs offered an opportunity to submit project ideas or good practices, and vote for others, to find actionable solutions that can drive real change for women in the areas of the economic impact of COVID-19 for women entrepreneurs in MENA and violence against women and girls during the pandemic.
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.