The Foundation analyses women’s local realities and public policies through consultations and dialogues at a grass-roots level. Concretely, the Foundation sets up local clusters of gender equality actors every year, in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia (1 per country). A local cluster of gender equality actors© is coordinated by an association which leaders all its actions as the Foundation recognises that civil society is the real motor of change in our societies to improve women’s conditions.
The local cluster approach is an innovative and multi-actor perspective, which supports networking and sharing of good practices in favour of gender equality at a decentralized level and promotes the emergence of projects rooted in the territory. The diagnoses produced by the local clusters are published in the Foundation’s reports. So far, the local clusters are set in Oran (Algeria), Giza (Egypt), Irbid (Jordan), Mount Lebanon (Lebanon), Marrakech - Safi (Morocco), West Bank (Palestine), Sousse and Monastir (Tunisia). They focus on the political participation of women, women’s role in society and combating violence against women. A summary of the main results of their diagnostics and a presentation of the projects they are developing is available here. The local clusters are developed with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and the project "Developing Women’s Empowerment" labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.
On 10 and 11 October 2016, the Foundation participated in the 3rd high-level conference on women’s empowerment “Women for the Mediterranean: Driving force for development and stability” organized in Barcelona by the Secretariat of the Union for Mediterranean. The representatives of the Foundation intervened on several occasions to discuss on the results of the local clusters and communicate them to key stakeholders and policy makers in the Mediterranean region, as the Minister of Social Development of Jordan, Wajeeh Azayzeh, the Minister of Women and Family Affairs of Tunisia, Néziha Labidi, and the President of the National Council for Women of Egypt, Maya Morsi.
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.