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Title: SEMINAR WOMENS ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION IN THE SOUTH MEDITERRANEAN REGION Euromed Role of Women in Eco


1
SEMINAR WOMENS ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION IN
THE SOUTH MEDITERRANEAN REGION Euromed Role of
Women in Economic Life in cooperation
with Jordan Forum For Business And Professional
Women Amman/Jordan 30 June-1 July 2008
  • DAY 2/SESSION IV
  • ACTIONS REQUIRED TO ADDRESS
  • KEY PRIORITY AREAS
  • FOR POLICY ADVOCACY
  • Review by Camillia Fawzi El-Solh

2
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Brief Recap
  • Focus of Session III/Day 1
  • Five key areas proposed for policy advocacy
  • Normative framework supporting womens rights
    and gender equality
  • How the system of rights operate at the level of
    analysis
  • Focus of Session IV/Day 2 operational level
  • What are the priority entry points for
    development agents to support and promote womens
    rights and gender equality?

3
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Proposed entry points at operational level
  • Adoption of holistic approach to womens
    empowerment
  • crucial to promoting and supporting gender
    equality
  • taking into account complex inter-linkages
    between social, cultural, economic and political
    rights.
  • Recognition that cultural boundaries are
    inherently flexible and can be addressed
  • in support of socio-economic justifications for
    tackling gender gaps
  • by drawing attention to adverse implications of
    gender inequality for human development and
    economic growth.

4
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Address cost implications of womens exclusion
    from the labour market in terms of links with
  • GDP growth
  • productivity
  • competitiveness in era of trade liberalization
    and globalization.
  • Establish Committee to support on-going
    collection, dissemination and use of sex
    disaggregated data for evidence-based policy
    advocacy.

5
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Promote/support development of market systems
    that
  • move away from supply-driven interventions
  • facilitate linkages between market actors.
  • Promote womens and mens legal literacy and link
    with rights-based approach to human development.
  • Support and institutionalize gender responsive
    budgeting.
  • As part of advocating for gender equality and
    social justice, support social dialogue between
  • trade unions
  • professional syndicates
  • social welfare and development organizations.

6
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Disseminate information on womens rights and
    gender equality as integral part of supporting at
    the community level
  • efficient development mechanisms
  • social justice.
  • Support link between evidence-based national
    policies/
  • strategies with accountability of
    audio-visual media for promoting positive images
    and role models of women in society and the
    economy at national and community levels.

7
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Revision of school curricula and textbooks to
    constructively address
  • changing values and customs affecting womens
    status in society and the economy
  • link with perceptions of womens socio-economic
    roles at the community level.
  • Identify lessons learnt from development
    interventions.
  • Translate lessons learnt into good practices for
    promoting and supporting womens rights and
    gender equality in society and the economy.

8
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Focusing on the operational level also requires
    addressing the following
  • Who are constituencies/stakeholders to be
    targeted for policy advocacy at
  • macro-level ?
  • municipal level?
  • community level.?
  • Who are constituencies/stakeholders to be
    targeted in
  • private sector?
  • civil society?

9
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Who are stakeholders in the regional and national
    media to be targeted for promoting womens rights
    and gender equality?
  • Who are the stakeholders among the bilateral and
    multilateral agencies and donor community?
  • At which level do we address messages for policy
    advocacy
  • individual women and men?
  • households in the community?
  • markets?
  • state?
  • global sphere?

10
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • Last... but not least
  • How can we identify doable short-, medium- and
    longer term targets?
  • How can we identify allocation of responsibility
    and accountability of stakeholders?
  • What are the expected outcomes of policy advocacy
    efforts on which consensus is required?
  • How can progress be monitored?
  • What are the required benchmarks against which
    progress may be measured?

11
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • In conclusion
  • An agenda for change in support of womens
    economic participation and empowerment requires
  • Consensus on the inter-linkages between the
    normative, analytical and operational levels.
  • Identifying constituencies and stakeholders
  • responsible for policy development and reform
  • accountable for implementing legislation and
    regulatory frameworks and upholding the rule of
    law.
  • Identifying doable targets.
  • Agreeing on benchmarks against which to monitor
    progress.

12
DAY 2/SESSION IV ACTIONS REQUIRED
  • THANK YOU
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