Since 1994 Fondazione Mediterraneo identified women as the main actors to support dialogue and peace: seminars, workshops, appeals, publications, exhibitions and other activities are carried out in order to promote gender equality and human rights.
In particular, the "KIMIYYA" program aims to spread a culture of respect and defense of women's rights, considering their fundamental role as "actresses of dialogue".
Over the last thirty years, the Foundation has carried out over 500 initiatives in favor of women.
Below, just as an example, are the main ones.
All the activities carried out are reported in the GENERAL LIST BY YEAR.
For the entire "KIMIYYA" initiatives click on the link above.


The Nobel prize Shirine Ebadi made a Plea for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani,that was welcomed and spread by all members and all branches of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.

Sakineh, a 43-year-old Iranian woman, mother of two children, was convicted of adultery and complicity in the murder of her husband and sentenced to death by stoning.

In the plea, intellectuals such as the sociologist Edgar Morin, the historians Elisabeth Roudinesco and Max Gallo, the writer Marek Halter, the philosophers Daniel Schiffer and Michel Serres, urged to "stop these methods and this un fair and barbaric punishment” asking for " the respect for dignity and freedom for all the Iranian women who are oppressed or threatened".

The Institut Français de Naples and the University of Naples "l´Orientale" hosted Wassyla Tamzali who presented the Italian edition of her book "Una passione algerina" (An Algerian Passion) (pub. Filema).

Among the speakers, Prof. Mario Petrone and President Michele Capasso.
The meeting was chaired by Denis Barbet, Consul General of France and Director of the Institut Français de Naples.

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In Naples the 8th March marked a significant moment through the action of Napoli Positiva. The women of Naples took part in a demonstration to claim their right to live their own choices, as well as denouncing and recalling that, all over the world, the massacre of women is going on.

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The 2nd Euromed Ministerial Conference on "Strengthening the Role of Women" took place in Marrakesh. At the end of the meeting representants of France, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco announced the project of a Foundation of Women for the Mediterranean. The announce was given by the French Minister Xavier Darcos.

Fondazione Mediterraneo, with the constant presence of Vicepresident Caterina Arcidiacono, has always carried out activities supporting the role of women in the Mediterranean region.

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The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), the Human Rights Association (IHD) and the Euro-Med NGO Platform organized the conference "Gender Equality in the Euro-Med Region: From Plan of Action to Action", which took place in Istanbul, 24-25 November 2009.

The conference
aimed at preparing recommendations for the Euro-Med Ministerial meeting on “strengthening the role of women in society”, which took place in Morocco, 11-12 November 2009.

Caterina Arcidiacono, vicepresident of Fondazione Mediterraneo, participated to the conference as member of the Euromed-Platform Board.

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