In this issue, devoted to dialogue and mutual awareness, we want to focus on our common future, bearing in mind the difficult current context and building on all that has been developed in the last 25 years. We are aware of the need to meet the Sustainable Development Goals based on Agenda 2030, and we have only 10 years left. Civil society and social movements are key pieces as catalysers of the changes that our societies need and that call to individual citizens, local, regional and national governments, and international organisations. Without a transformation of our own societies that gradually brings about more sustainable lifestyles, we will be unable to achieve the goals set for 2030.
This dossier features articles by over 20 academic specialists and active civil society representatives from the two shores who warn us about some of the current dynamics and provide us with recommendations. The remedy, they argue, does not lie in isolating ourselves and raising walls but in remaining united and participatory. The dossier is structured into two interrelated sections: “Times of Transformation and Resilience” and “Shared Identities and Traditions”, with which we have sought to outline complementary elements from the two shores. We must acknowledge.
This issue includes an article on Women’s leadership in times of crisis by Soukaina Bouraoui, executive director of the Center for Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) and founder of the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation.
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.