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ALF co-chairs in Morocco working groups with experts on issues of violence against women and gender stereotypes ahead of the Ministerial on Women in 2017

Wed, 21/09/2016 - 16:17 -- Haitham Samy

21 September 2016 - The Anna Lindh Foundation co-chaired jointly with Morocco government the working group on Women Stereotypes in the Euro-Mediterranean region organized on 20th and 21st September in Skhirat, Morocco. A second working group on combating violence was co-chaired by Egypt and UN Women. The meetings were organised under the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Dialogue on women empowerment, and as a follow up to the previous meetings held in 2016 in Barcelona, Paris and Amman. They provide concrete recommendations and proposals for actions for the upcoming Ministerial Conference on strengthening the role of women in Society to take place in 2017.

During the two-day meeting, participants stressed the importance of a comprehensive approach to tackle the issues of violence against women and gender stereotypes and the necessity to improve the coordination and partnership between the key actors concerned, including media and civil society. They identified social and cultural norms, the challenge of impunity and the enforcement of laws among the main and urgent issues to be addressed. Experts addressed a number of other key recommendations, which included improving research and data collection, strengthening the regional cooperation between countries and with key stakeholders, and promoting exchange of success stories and lessons learned.

Hosted by the Moroccan government, the meeting brought together H.E Bassima Hakkaoui, Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development of Morocco; Ambassador Delphine Borione, UfM Senior Deputy Secretary General; H.E Amb. Rupert Joy, Head of EU Delegation in Morocco; Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women in Egypt; Amb. Mona Omar, Chair of International Relations for the National Council for Women in Egypt; and Mohammad Naciri of UN Women.