Last March, a meeting was held in Tangier (Morocco) between all public administrations (Tanger,Tetouan, Al-Hoceima region - Morocco, Sousse region - Tunisia, Campania region -Italy, Corsica -France, and Catalonia -Spain) involved in the project “Empowering MEDA Young Women, a key sector for boosting social and solidarity economy (SSE)”. The IEMed is collaborating in this project which is coordinated by the General Direction of Youth of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
This event is part of a series of meetings, the first of which took place in Barcelona from 22 to 24 November 2017, it is also part of a project that brings together several entities from the Euro-Mediterranean region having in common their involvement in SSE (the Union for the Mediterranean - UfM, the Intermediterranean Commission of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe, the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, and the Catalan Solidarity Economy Network among others).
The purpose of these meetings is to conduct a participatory action research to examine in depth the situation of young women in the SSE sector and to explore the opportunities offered to overcome gender inequalities in the labor market and economic field in the context of a professional transition. Thus, each of these regions is carrying out a study on the potential of SSE for the employment of women. In Catalonia, the El Risell cooperative is responsible for this task.
The result of the meeting in Tangier resulted in the production of a guide (see document attached) containing the specific objectives, the line of work and the methodology to be followed in order to analyze the opportunities that SSE can assume for young women in the area.
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.