2013 (EN)

It took place in Paris on 11 and 12 September the Third Conference of the Union for the Mediterranean on strengthening the role of women in society, which was opened by the co‑chairmen of the UfM, the High Representative Catherine Ashton and Minister of Social Development of the Kingdom of Jordan, Reem Abu Hassan. A welcome was addressed by the owner, the Minister of women’s rights of the French government, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. All stressed the desire to grasp the Third Ministerial on women as an opportunity to give new impetus to the exercise of the UfM and the overall pass by the “Mediterranean of principles” to the “Mediterranean of projects”. The Paris Conference, in fact, wanted to be a time to relaunch the process of political dialogue and choosing such a sensitive issue such as that of the status of women in the Mediterranean countries , it was definitely a test. Attending this conference will follow other events in Brussels , which will bring together Ministers responsible for Trade Union for the Mediterranean (November 5) for Transport (14 November) and Energy (10 December). Conference participants have all stressed the importance of working together to ensure that women will be recognized fair treatment and protection of their rights. The countries of the northern shore of the Mediterranean, in welcoming the Final Declaration , have focused their interventions on the need to put in place more stringent efforts to transform the principles into concrete actions. At the points of the Final Declaration there are elements that the Mediterranean Foundation , with Vice-President prof. Caterina Arcidiacono , has developed since the inception of the Foundation - 1994 - and re-presented in the Euromed Civil Forum held in Brussels September 3, 2013 on the same subject .