Sharing experiences, good practices and the state of progress of reforms, as well as finding common solutions to combat the phenomenon in the region: these were the objectives of the first seminar on regional action against trafficking in human beings in the Southern Mediterranean organised in the framework of the South Programme IV. This event was held online on 26 November 2020 in the presence of representatives of authorities in charge of fighting against trafficking in human beings from Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and Jordan and civil society.
The event made it possible to identify the convergences and common challenges facing all the countries of the region. It was also an opportunity to present concrete and practical tools for regional co-operation, such as the development of a common anti-trafficking strategy, the setting-up of a Southern Mediterranean anti-trafficking platform, data exchanges or even the organisation of multisectoral training sessions aimed at building capacities of involved actors.
South Programme IV continues assisting Southern Mediterranean countries in building a common legal space together with the EU, with a focus on reforming Southern Mediterranean countries’ legislation and reinforcing their democratic governance institutions as well as accompanying reform processes. Good governance building, strengthening rule of law and respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights are strong pillars of the South Programme. Additionally, particular attention is given to activities combatting gender-based violence against women and girls.