BACKGROUND NOTE March 2011Children’s visions of gender equality: winning entries from Algeria, Egypt, Syria and Ukrainefrom the 2010 and 2009 editions of EuropeAid’s Gender Equality drawing competition Strengthening the role of women Neighbourhood cooperation to achieve gender equalityE quality between men and women is a fundamental right of the Charter of Human Rights, but also a fundamental value of the EU’s Founding Treaties and the Lisbon Treaty. The promotion and protection of women’s rights figures highly in EU external policy. In line with this commitment, the Foreign Affairs Council in June 2010 adopted the EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Development for theperiod 2010-2015, underlining that: “The EU reiterates its strong commitment to gender equality as a human right, a question of social justiceand a core value of the EU development policy.” Strengthening the role of women in society is one of the key issues addressed by the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, with apledge to take measures to achieve gender equality, preventing all forms of discrimination and ensuring the protection of the rights ofwomen. In the last years, a concerted effort has been underway towards this end, underlined by the Conclusions adopted by Ministers of theUnion for the Mediterranean (UfM) at the second Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society held in Mar-rakech on 11-12 November 2009. Following on from the first Euro-Med Ministerial Conference on ‘Strengthening the Role of Women in Society’ in Istanbul in 2006, Minis-ters in Marrakech spelled out the cornerstone of the policy, underlining the need for “actions at national, sub-regional and regional levels,targeted towards improving women’s status, strengthening the role of women in political, civil, social, economic and cultural life, and combatingENPI INFO CENTRE - GENDER EQUALITY PRESS PACK: BACKGROUND NOTE www.enpi-info.eu
Features and interviews: click on the image to download the PDF Gender equality: find out moreUseful links http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sp/gender-toolkit/index.htmEuropeAid Cooperation and Development: Gender webpage Monitoring the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Dis-http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/what/gender/index_en.htm crimination Against Women (CEDAW)-2007 http://www.enpi-info.eu/European External Action Service – Euromed and Women mainmed.php?id=45&id_type=9&lang_id=450&subject=12http://eeas.europa.eu/euromed/women/index_en.htm EuropeAid Feature - Masarat - A journey through Palestinian women’sEuropean External Action Service – Women’s Rights in EU External lives http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/case-studies/pales-Policy http://eeas.europa.eu/human_rights/women/index_en.htm tine_gender-equality_masarat_en.pdfEU and Gender Equality webpage ENPI Info Centre feature: Combating discrimination and violencehttp://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=418&langId=en against womenEnhancing Equality between Men and Women in the Euromed region http://www.enpi-info.eu/files/features/a105038%20ENPI%20Gen-fiche http://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?id=241&id_type=10 der%20Descr.%20Lebanon%20Syria%20Palest.v.2%20ENG.pdfEnhancing Equality between Men and Women in the Euromed region ENPI Info Centre feature: Breaking the wall of silenceproject website http://www.euromedgenderequality.org/ http://www.enpi-info.eu/files/features/a103024%20ENPI%20Pales-ENPI Info Centre – Gender webpage http://www.enpi-info.eu/ tinian%20Audiovisual%20(en).v.2.pdfthememed.php?subject=12 Culture and Communication, Key Factors for Changing Mentalities &Gender Drawing Competition (EC-2010) http://ec.europa.eu/europe- Societies - Study by the Anna Lindh Foundation for the 2006 Euro-aid/what/gender/drawing-competition-2010_en.htm Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on ‘Equality of Opportuni-ENPI Info Centre – Photos on gender http://www.enpi-info.eu/list_ ties’ http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/euromed/women/docs/galleries_med.php?subject=12 alf_0406_en.pdfENPI Info Centre – gender publications http://www.enpi-info.eu/ Women as Full Participants in the Euro-Mediterranean Communitylist_type_med.php?id_type=9&subject=12 of Democratic States - EuroMeSCo Report - April 2006 http://www. euromesco.net/images/02.pdfDocuments Women and Economic Development in the Mediterranean - InstitutUfM Second Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of de la Méditerranée, France http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/Women in Society – Conclusions (Nov. 2009) http://ec.europa.eu/ euromed/women/docs/women_0406_en.pdfexternal_relations/euromed/women/docs/2009_11_conference_ Euromed Women’s Conference Barcelona + 10 (Nov. 2005)en.pdf http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/euromed/women/docs/ar-EEAS Istanbul Conference follow up webpage http://eeas.europa.eu/ ticle_en.pdfeuromed/women/gender_followup_en.htmEU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Press contactsDevelopment for the period 2010-2015 http://www.consilium.euro- DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities - Press offi-pa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/EN/genaff/115157.pdf cers http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/communication/about/contact_us/EU Toolkit on Mainstreaming Gender in development cooperation ec_spokespersons/employ_en.htmENPI INFO CENTRE - GENDER EQUALITY PRESS PACK: USEFUL LINKS www.enpi-info.eu
International Women’s Day 2011: some events in partner countries8 March 2011 is the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s Day, marked for the first time in 1911. Across the EU’s Neighbourhoodpartner countries, activities will be held to highlight EU involvement in promoting women’s rights. Some of the events are listed below:ISRAElInternational Women’s Day activities in the framework of EU-supported projects under the programme: “Investing in People - Gender Equality”Maan/WAC women’s march for fair employment. In the framework of the EU supported project Job Opportunities for Arab Women in agri-culture, a march of Arab and Jewish women protesting for fair employment will set out from Rothschild Boulevard. in Tel Aviv, and end with a bigrally in the Meir Park where various artists will perform. When: 8 March, 16:00; Where: Rothschild Blvd. Tel AvivThe UNICO students’ organization, a partner in the Equality for Women in Israel: Adopting a Holistic Approach project, will carry out the fol-lowing activities on 8 March“Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Panel- A panel of leading women in various fields will discuss the “glass ceiling” from different perspectives: busi-ness, politics, media and academia. The panel will be held at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya at 14:30.“Female beauty as a key to success”- The event will examine the relationship between the “glass ceiling” and the ideal of beauty. The film “killingme softly” will be screened followed by a discussion about female representation in advertisements. At Tel – Hai College, Upper Galilee 18:00.“Made in Dagenham”- Screening of the movie “Made in Dagenham”, Based on the true story about a group of women who decided to go onstrike in a local Ford factory in England due to poor working conditions. At Ben Gurion University, Beersheva 20:30.“Between Feminism and Chauvinism”- An all day activity at Haifa University will examine the terms that define the “edges” of Gender Discourse:Feminism and Chauvinism. The discussion will integrate students and their opinions in order to find new concepts and ideas regarding old andnew terms in Gender Discourse. Haifa University, 10:00-16:00JORDANAat Network & AlBalad Theatre – International Women’s Day Festival, co-funded by the EUPerformances, 8pm: 20-22 March: AWT II: In the lost & Found, play by Lana Nasser; 23 March: Ana Hurra, from Palestine, by Valentina Abu Oqsa.Workshops, 5-8pm: March 8-12: “Language of Gesture”, Algerian artist Taous Khazem; March 21-23: “Unfolding Stories”, Dr. Fadi Skeiker, Syria/JordanCommunity Outreach: 12 March: Special event for young women from Gaza Camp-Jarash & Al-Ghore.Films, 8pm: March 8 The Kingdom of Women, March 9 The Absence of Mr and Mrs B, March 10 Kul Yome Eid, March 22-23: Audio Video ArtProject, by Muna al Mufti Steve Al-Alai.Where: All events are held at AlBalad Theatre, Jabal AmmanlEBANONOn the Occasion of International Women’s Day, the Lebanese NGO KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation is launching its Regional Lobbying and MediaCampaign on Lifting the Reservations on Article 16 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) withinthe framework of the EU-funded project “CEDAW from Theory to Practice”. The event will include testimonies from victims of domestic violence and willbe addressed by EU Head of Delegation Angelina Eichhorst.Financed through the Investing in People programme, the project aims at coordinating ef-forts in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria to promote implementation of CEDAW and push governments towards lifting their reservations on the convention.When: 7 March, 3pm; Where: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Hamra, BeirutOCCUPIED PAlEStINIAN tERRItORyThree projects related to women and human rights will be organising events on International Women’s Day.In Gaza, the National Centre for Community and Rehabilitation is organising an event in honour of disabled women under the projectCombating discrimination and Human Rights Abuse of marginalized children and womenIn East Jerusalem, the ‘Al Maqdese for Society Development’ organization will honour distinguished women (the EU funds one of theirprojects about ‘ending exploitation in East Jerusalem’ under the Human Rights programme)The Psycho Social Counseling Center For Women (under one of the EU’s Partnership for Peace programmes: Women can do change) willbe presenting the results of a needs assessment for women in the West Bank on a workshop on 15 March.UkRAINEInternational Women’s Day – History in PhotosA photo exhibition presented by the EU Delegation in Ukraine together with the United Nations in Ukraine, with the support of the State Servicesfor Youth and Sports. The exhibition illustrates how the image of women and their role in society have altered during the last hundred years.When: 3-13 March; Where: National Centre for Business and Cultural Cooperation “Ukrainskiy Dim (Ukrainian House)”, the Great Exhibition Hall. 2,Khreshchatyk Str., Kyiv, 01601This press pack (2011) was prepared by the ENPI Info Centre (www.enpi-info.eu), an EU-funded Regional Information and Communication project highlighting thepartnership between the EU and Neighbouring countries. It does not represent the official view of the EC or the EU institutions.