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The Foundation strengthens links with young women leaders from the MENA region

29.05.2017 / Created by (EMWF)
The Foundation strengthens links with young women leaders from the MENA region

On May 9, the Foundation attended the opening of the Course: Women of the Future in the Mediterranean (FAM) which took place in Paris. This course consisted of a series of classes and workshops on gender, politics and leaderships designed to train young women aged from 25 to 35 in their professional and personal development. The 22 women were selected through a call for proposals among 600 applications, and they come from the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. One of the most interesting aspects is that the participants develop their careers in a large variety of professional fields, such as scientific research, teaching, arts, entrepreneurship, law and consulting, and they represent plenty of cultural and social backgrounds. 

The course, which took place from 9 to 19 of May, aimed at facilitating the participants’ access to top-decision level positions, specifically at political level, in order to have an impact on public opinion and to re-establish a gender balance in the exercise of power. To achieve this objective, the course offered theoretical analysis, coaching techniques and meetings with professional and personalities from the academic, political, media and civil society sectors. The course was structured around three main working areas -political science, economy and law- with a gender approach and a focus on gender pay gap and women’s access to the labour market. It included a masterclass on leadership, discussions with Parliamentarians, field visits to the European institutions and the Council of Europe as well as sessions dedicated to feminism and women’s empowerment in the MENA region. 

The Foundation was invited to present its actions to the participants. The presentation was centred on its role as a catalyst of committed actors and successful experiences to struggle against women’s marginalization through applied research, advocacy, networking and cooperation. The Foundation’s activities, such as the CSO WINS project and the local clusters of gender equality actors’ methodologies, were detailed. These projects showed to the group how gender equality can be made effective on the ground through a participative and a multi-actors perspective.

The "Women of the Future in the Mediterranean (FAM)" course is promoted by the research university Sciences Po and coordinated by the Research and education program on gender’s knowledge PRESAGE. This course is part of the Axis 3 of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women of the future in the Mediterranean”, funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI).

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