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The effects of the Covid-19 crisis on increasing gender-based violence in the MENA region

14.12.2021 / Created by (EMWF)

November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Almost a year ago, on this occasion, the European Institute of the Mediterranean, (IEMed) in collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation (EMWF), organized an online seminar on violence based on gender (GBV).

The seminar aimed to initiate a discussion between experts and activists from Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria to examine the increase in gender-based violence accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the modalities of this violence, and the responses of local and regional Euro-Mediterranean initiatives.

Within this framework, this article aims to highlight violence against women in this region and the initiatives deployed by associations and public authorities to combat it. Considering the scope and complexity of the Middle East and North Africa region, this article does not have an exhaustive ambition and is based on data and analyses produced by local civil society organisations of our network and by international organisations.


  • Type of publication : Article
  • Author : le Secrétariat de la Fondation des Femmes de l’Euro-Méditerranée
  • Publishing house : Wikigender
  • Publication date : 2021
  • Number of pages : 5
  • Language : French


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Mouwatinet Association
Orbital Endowment Fund
Femmes Informations Juridiques Internationales Rhône-Alpes (FIJI-RA)
Association Beity
Jurists without chains
Free Sight Association
Kayan Masr foundation for Development, Training & Community Participation Support
Mor Masa Ritüeli
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development - REFORM
Leïla Tauil
Association féminine pour la protection de la famille
Aman Society Centre for counseling, development and community health
Info-Com Jeunes de Guelma
Zhour Bouzidi
Youssef Bouataoun
Master genre et droits des femmes des deux rives de la meditérranée
Society of Women Graduates (SWG) in the Gaza Strip
Cooperation for Community Development Association
Intermediaries Changing Center for Sustainable Development
Yaich Elarbi
Women Entrepreneurs Accelerator (WEAccelerator)
Women Now for Development
Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH)
Le chemin de la dignité
La ciutat invisible
Femmes-Education Arts-Médiation (FEDAM)
Hajar Foundation for Community Development
European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
Femme Action - Woman Action (A.F.A - A.W.A)
Association Entrelles Entrepreneures Marrakech-Safi
Community Media Center
Lebanese League for Women in Business
Palestinian Human Rights Organization (PHRO)
Tunisian Mediterranean Center - TUMED
Abou Fadhl Mohamad Bahlouli

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