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Union for the Mediterranean's High Level Conference on Women for the Mediterranean 2022

The Conference will provide an opportunity for a further exchange of experiences, good practices and lessons learned on women empowerment and women’s rights in a regional-crisis (health, water, food and energy security) context.

These discussions will also contribute to shape the Roadmap for the implementation of the Ministerial Declaration and the regional agenda for the years to come, particularly towards an effective and inclusive gender equality policy, based on a gender transformative approach and the mobilisation of public and private actors in the region.

The experts’ contribution to the discussions, taking place across the two days will be important in stepping up cooperation, focusing on implementation, concrete delivery, and monitoring of impact, while enhancing the visibility of past, on-going and future initiatives. 

The last UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) recognized the disproportionate impacts of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters on all women and girls that can include loss of homes and livelihoods, water scarcity, destruction and damage to schools and health facilities and stressed the urgency of eliminating persistent historical and structural inequalities, discriminatory laws and policies, negative social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.

Gender-equality and the empowerment of women and girls remain essential for a sustainable natural resource’s management, for mitigating and adapting to climate change, for protecting ecosystems, for building resilient futures for indigenous and rural women, and for conserving biodiversity. The participation of women in discussions and decisions on climate change mitigation and adaptation is essential to find sustainable and effective solutions.

In order to adequately address climate change, environmental and disaster and risk reduction, the policy actions should

  1. promote women’s and girls’ full and equal participation and leadership to make natural resource management and climate, environment and disaster risk action more effective;
  2. expand gender-responsive finance at scale for climate and environment action and to reach women’s organizations, enterprises, and cooperatives;
  3. building women’s resilience in the context of agricultural and food systems, forest and fisheries management and the sustainable energy transition;
  4. ensure equal access and rights to land, water, technology, technical advice and information for a greater food security, renewable energy;
  5. enhancing gender statistics and sex-disaggregated data in the gender-environment nexus; and fostering gender-responsive just transitions. 
Published on November 17, 2022
Event start date
01:00 pm
Event end date
03:30 pm

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