CMI and FEMISE Seal Partnership: Cooperation for Knowledge Creation and Policy Impact
Nov 10, 2020 / Highlight
Marseille, France, 10 November 2020 – The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), and FEMISE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marking the launch of a new collaboration agreement between the two organizations. CMI and FEMISE will conduct joint initiatives to reinforce Mediterranean dialogue and build synergies among Mediterranean...
COVID-19 and Households in Egypt: Implications, Policy Response, and Recommendations
Oct 12, 2020 / Library
This article is part of the CMI/FEMISE joint “COVID-19 Med Policy Brief Series”, aimed at addressing the urgent issue of the COVID-19 socio-economic effects and impact on the EU-Mediterranean region.
Achieving Territorial Resilience Through Youth Empowerment: 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action Network
Sep 29, 2020 / Highlight
The Mediterranean is one of the most affected regions by climate change. Building territorial resilience has become essential to adapt to stresses and shocks, whether the stresses are climatic, socio-economic, or pandemic related. One of the key elements of territorial resilience pathways includes youth empowerment....
Achieving Territorial Resilience Through Youth Empowerment: 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action Network (AGENDA)
Local Economic Development in Municipalities Hosting Refugees
Jul 08, 2020 / Library
This report collects the outcomes of discussions and surveys carried out in 3 years among members of the Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN). It provides an overview of the findings collected in five opinion surveys and workshop discussions from May 2016 to July 2019 and derives an overview of main challenges, priorities,...
She Too is a Development Hero: Women Make Change Happen in Host Municipalities across MENA and Turkey
Mar 10, 2020 / Blog entry
The empowerment of Refugee women and their self-reliance is increasingly at the center of development programs in local governments hosting forcibly displaced persons in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey target. How about those women who develop such municipal programs and deal with women’s inclusion while being women themselves?
[High-Level Workshop] “Forced Displacement, Migration and Human Capital Mobility”
Nov 13, 2019 / Highlight
Context & Rationale
At the present time, issues related to flows and movements of people – in all their forms – figure prominently among the most pressing, relevant and, often, divisive policy agendas in the Mediterranean region.
A comprehensive approach to migration is needed, taking into account its root causes as well as all related...
A Decade of Partnerships for Knowledge and Action
Enabling Business Environment and Private Sector Mobilization: Armenia, Yerevan Municipality; Economic Programs for Refugees
Jan 21, 2019 / Blog entry
Yerevan Municipality implements economic programs aimed at enabling the business environment through the economic integration of Syrian businessmen in the local context, together with social activities for housing of refugees and education programs for young Syrians.
Lead Authority or Organization: Yerevan Municipality
Area: Yerevan, Republic...
Women, Water & Youth Conference Report and Recommendation
UFM and CMI Seal Partnership
Nov 13, 2018 / Highlight
Marseille, France, 13 November 2018 – The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marking the launch of a new collaboration agreement between the two organizations. The parties will cooperate on promoting development and integration in the Euro-...
Empowering Women in Rural and Agricultural Areas
Oct 16, 2018 / Highlight
Gender Equality is key for development in the Middle East and North Africa. Countries must bridge gender gaps to achieve their full potential. CMI Manager, Blanca Moreno-Dodson, shared the CMI’s vision for guaranteeing female inclusion in all sectors at the fourth High-Level Conference on Women’s Empowerment entitled, "Women Build Inclusive...
The Economic Miracle of Women
Oct 08, 2018 / Library
Gender Equality is key for development in the Middle East and North Africa. Countries must bridge gender gaps to achieve their full potential. CMI Manager, Blanca Moreno-Dodson, shares the CMI’s vision for guaranteeing female inclusion in all sectors and introduces the stories of some of the most impressive women in the region who are...
[Regional Conference] Women, Water & Youth: Perspectives from the MENA Region
Sep 27, 2018 / Highlight
The Mediterranean region is the most water scarce region in the world and one of the most vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events. Combating water scarcity in order to reduce environmental damage effects could be conducive to job creation and entrepreneurship, particularly among Mediterranean youth and women, with...
She too is a #WaterHero
Sep 13, 2018 / Library
For so long women have represented the symbol of resilience. In the water sector, they are no different. In the Middle East and North Africa, the world’s most water-stressed region, women are playing their part in protecting water and fighting water scarcity.
[Agenda] Women, Water and Youth: Perspectives from the MENA Region
Are Females good Managers in MENA Countries? (MED Brief)
Jun 25, 2018 / Library
This policy brief tries to answer the important question of whether firms gain from women participation in management positions. The debate on academic and policy levels have not reached a consensus regarding the existence of gender gaps in firm performance. This policy brief attempts to clarify some of the misconceptions associated with the idea...
She too is a #WaterHero
Apr 16, 2018 / Blog entry
For so long women have represented the symbol of resilience. In the water sector they are no different. In the Middle East and North Africa, the world’s most water-stressed region, women are playing their part in protecting water and fighting water scarcity.
This project was initiated during the CMI's World Water Day Youth Workshop: Nature-...
Women Driving the Middle East and North Africa Forward, One Business Innovation at A Time
Jun 12, 2017 / Blog entry
Our continued belief in the enormous resourcefulness, resilience and sheer drive of young Arab women has yet again been reconfirmed. In Cairo, Yara Yassin and Rania Rafie are agents of change. These young women work with local artisans to transform plastic bags into high-quality fashion products sold around the world.
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Female, Lebanese and Semi-Emancipated: My Views
Mar 14, 2017 / Blog entry
In the misleading influx of media images contrasting “eastern submissive women” – i.e. child marriages, forced marriages, forced hijab, female genital mutilation etc. – and of “western free and progressive women” – i.e. female politicians, single mothers, free sexual orientation, abortion rights etc. – this blog post does not wish to add another...
SAHWA National Case Studies
Mar 07, 2017 / Library
In line with SAHWA’s methodology -based on a mixed method- these National Case Studies (NCS) summarise the main findings coming from the Ethnographic Fieldwork and SAHWA Youth Survey with a focus on the national level (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia). Basically, every National Case Studies are structured following the clusters...
Counting the Invisible Girls: Using Data to Transform the Lives of Women and Girls by 2030
Oct 18, 2016 / Library
Counting the Invisible' explores the current state of gender data and exposes the gaps: we don’t count how many girls leave school because of early marriage, pregnancy or violence, exactly how many give birth before they turn 15, how many hours a day they spend working, what kind of work they do and whether they get paid for it.
The Women for Resilient Cities Acceleration Program
Jun 07, 2016 / Library
The Women for Resilience Program (W4R) brought together a group a hopeful enthusiastic women entrepreneurs from Egypt, Djibouti and Lebanon and put them through an accelerated training program hoping to equip them with knowledge they need to succeed in their project. The program aims at empowering women in tackling urban risk and developing...
Despite High Education Levels, Arab Women Still Don’t Have Jobs
Mar 15, 2016 / Blog entry
Thirteen of the 15 countries with the lowest rates of women participating in their labor force are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Report (2015). Yemen has the lowest rate of working women of all, followed by Syria, Jordan, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, Tunisia,...
Working Women in MENA
Mar 15, 2016 / Library
Thirteen of the 15 countries with the lowest rates of women participating in their labor force are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Report (2015).
The State of Women’s Rights in the Arab World
Mar 09, 2016 / Blog entry
The good news is that when it comes to reforms that add to women's economic opportunities and reduce the number of laws restricting their roles, countries around the world are making improvements every year. According to the latest World Bank Women Business and the Law Report 2016, in the past two years, some 65 economies have passed 94 reforms...
The Two Faces of the Sea
Mar 08, 2016 / Blog entry
For the past five years, the sea – a small three letter word– has delivered more than its share of pain to Syrians. But two Syrian women, ‘Om Mohammed’ and ‘Om Issa,’ had not planned for this fateful encounter with the water. Om Mohammad was fleeing the inferno of barrel bombs that were dropped on Darayya, a suburb of Damascus. Meanwhile Om Issa...
How to Open the Doors for more Women to Work in Jordan
Mar 08, 2016 / Blog entry
This blog was produced in collaboration with Raseef22 and World Bank MENA blog.
Jordan is at the bottom of the list when it comes to women’s economic participation, even among Arab countries, ranking 139 out of 142 countries. Gender activists say Jordan’s legislation, unfriendly work practices, and local customs are the reasons for this low...
5 Arab Women who are Breaking down Stereotypes and Building their Countries
Mar 01, 2016 / Blog entry
There is a horrible old saying in some Arab countries: Women belong to their homes and husbands only. They shouldn’t be educated, work, or have an opinion. This belief, unfortunately, still dominates some areas in the Arab world. But modern, educated, and strong-willed Arab women and men find this saying backward and unfitting.
Women are 49...