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FEM EU: feminist lobbying to prioritize gender equality during EU elections

07.02.2019 / Created by IEMed
FEM EU: feminist lobbying to prioritize gender equality during EU elections

In line with its commitment to achieve gender equality, the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) has recently joined the #FEM_EU campaign which aims to push for a feminist agenda as top priority for the upcoming European Union’s elections. The campaign #FEM_EU was born in May 2018 and is the result of a collaborative action between the Aroa Foundation and the Eurolocal consultancy, an alliance between feminist and pro-European movements.

#FEM_EU encourages social actors around Europe to demand concrete working plans to achieve effective gender equality. It claims to focus on all aspects of gender inequalities, starting from gender pay gap, gender pension’s gap and ending sexual harassment and violence against women.

As part of #FEM_EU campaign, international conferences with local, national and European experts as well as debates in different municipalities are taking place with the support of a network of partners from Europe. As part of such programme the 29th of March 2019 the IEMed will participate in the round table "Political, social and economic impact for effective gender equality in the EU”, organised by Aroa Foundation in Barcelona (Spain) in which experts from the political, social, economic and media arena will exchange views in an enriching dialogue.

In the same line, other initiatives around Europe have been coordinated to ensure parity in democracy. Our network’s member, the French Coordination for the European Women’s Lobby (C.L.E.F.) in collaboration with Gender 5+ and the association Women for European citizenship have recently organized the colloquium “Your voice, your vote. All concerned by the challenges of Europe” in Paris (France) to stress the prominent role of women to combat populism and debate on which Europe do women want.

As encouraged by #FEM_EU campaign it is time for every citizen to put on purple glasses and ask for a more egalitarian Europe in which every citizen have the same rights regardless gender. 



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Ramzi Nouisser
Sarab Center for Culture and Community Arts
Research Team on Gender
Venus Association for the culture and arts
Association of Egyptian Female Lawyers (AEFL)
Amman Center for Human Rights Studies
Association Tunisienne de la Santé de la Reproduction (ATSR)
Journalists Without Borders (JWB)
Tubas Charitable Society
NAWF Women Entrepreneurs
Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta
Alèxia Carrasco
Egyptian Female Lawyers
Almobadr Organization for Development and Capacity Building
University of Mohammed V Rabat
University of Naples  L'Orientale
Jbail- Byblos Municipality
Nahda Association
Women and Gender Unit – Ministry of Social Development
Libyan Women's Union – Tripoli
CREAD – Research center applied economics for development
Humanity Diaspo
Committee for the Follow-Up on women' s Issues (CFUWI)
Palestinian Human Rights Organization (PHRO)
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
Bidaya Association
Safadi Foundation
Assiwar- the Feminist Arab Movement
Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)
Association du Docteur Fatiha (ADF)
Association for Women's Total Advancement & Development (AWTAD)
Cork Feminista
Association Marocaine des Femmes Progressistes (AMFP)
Al Karam

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