European Union and partners take a Step Forward towards Gender-Balanced Economy for Women in the Arab States Region.

By : Mohamed Adel

Cairo, Egypt – 17 September 2015 – European Union, League of Arab States and United Nations Entity on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), are bringing together 20 experts for a two-day meeting on the 16 and 17 September 2015 to formulate a roadmap of actions to ensure women have safer work places, fair access to resources and a share in economic policymaking. The European Union allocated 7 million Euros for this out of the total budget of the Spring Forward initiative that amounts to 8.2 million Euros.

Ambassador James Moran Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt has reiterated that equality between women and men is one of the European Union's founding values.  Moran added that the European Union is committed to closely work with its partners to support the promotion and protection of women's rights as well as to foster economic development through better and equal access to economic opportunities and capitalising on its own experience.

Key regional experts from public, private and social sectors came together to draw an action plan transforming Arab States’ commitments in regards to women’s economic empowerment to reality. Arab governments, represented by the League of Arab States, have consolidated their commitment to those objectives in February of 2014 by signing the Arab Women Cairo Declaration on gender equality with the participation of UN Women.

This year, the Department of Women Family and Childhood at the League of Arab States, has partnered with the UN Women and the European Union in the context of their joint programme “Spring Forward for Women”. The programme reflects a commitment from the European Union and UN Women to support the development of a regional mechanism through, which those commitments could become reality.  

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