In the framework of the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) initiative aimed at evaluating progress made in gender equality in the region, the UfM Regional Dialogue on Women Empowerment, the 3rd WGM was held on 21st September. An assessment of the data gathering process, based on progress reports submitted by the Gender Focal Point of 14 countries hailing from both the EU and Mediterranean Countries was provided during the meeting.
The discussion highlighted a few challenges to be tackled such as relevant differences between countries and regions in the level of monitoring of gender-related indicators or the need to consolidate quantitative and qualitative data analyzing the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on women and girls
The European Commission encouraged the UfM member states to join the reporting exercise report and confirmed its support to the UfM efforts in translating the Ministerial Declarations Action Plan into tangible actions. The participants agreed on the need to complement the future policy recommendations with priority actions: the need to building back better requires a more operational approach.
The Union for the Mediterranean is an intergovernmental institution bringing together the European Union Member States and 15 countries from the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean to promote dialogue and cooperation.
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