The "KĪMIYYA Forum. Women Actors of Dialogue" was dedicated to the role of women in creating links among civil society organizations in the Mediterranean. The meeting focused on women’s relationships with democracy, economy, traditions, rights and peace. Participants at the forum called for the support of women’s training, education and access to new technologies so that they can fully facilitate intercultural dialogue and mitigate the causes of conflict in the region. The name Kimiyya was chosen because it means "embracing", "merging", "putting together", "gathering", "sharing", "mixing" in the ancient Mediterranean languages (Arabic, Greek ...).
The Forum was organized by the Fondazione Mediterraneo, the Italian network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, with the participation of 12 other national networks from Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Tunisia. It brought together parliamentarians, NGOs, academics and networks who discussed important issues such as women’s resistance to discrimination and social inequality and the inclusion of young women in economic growth. Participants also focused on the role of women in the migration process, in home countries, on the move and in the host countries as mothers of immigrants, potential migrant- s or volunteers who bring hope and attention.
The forum was concluded by the adoption of numbers of recommendations and a final statement elaborated by the different forum’s working groups (see the attachment which is available in French and English).
During the meeting, Fondazione Mediterraneo awarded the "Mediterranean Prize for Women 2017” to Fouzia Assouli, president of the EMWF and honorary president of the Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues of Morocco (FLDF). The award paid tribute to the work of Assouli in favour of women’s rights and her struggle to promote the values of democracy, citizenship and peace throughout the Euro-Mediterranean region.
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 Foreign Affairs and International Development 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.