The national roundtable “From Ministerial Conclusions to Gender Equality Policy Making in the Euro-Med Region”, organized by the Information Center on the Rights of Women and Children (CIDDEF) in partnership with Euromed Feminist Initiative, and the support of the European Union, took place on 25th of April 2017 at hotel Soltane, Algeria. This national roundtable is a part of the one and a half year-long process in the frame of the project “Gender Regional Platform” funded by the European Union, to prepare for the 4th UfM Ministerial conference on women’s rights, scheduled to take place in Egypt in the fall this year.
The roundtable was attended by 30 representatives of UN agencies, UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, ILO, donors, Friedrich Ebert foundation, elected representatives, professors, representatives of civil society and consultants.
In the beginning, the audience was reminded of the process that led to the adoption of the gender regional platform. This process aims to turn the ministerial conclusions into concrete policies that respect gender equality in the Euro-Med region, and to establish a policy dialogue between the institutions and civil society on the importance of women's rights in building democracy.
How to implement the ministerial conclusions of the UFM? What mechanisms could make equality real?
With its recommendations, the gender regional platform outlined a procedure that can be taken into account by our States, and setting up the mechanisms to make equality real.
After presenting the objectives of the gender regional platform, the four priority areas were described and discussed:
- Ending discrimination against women and strengthening women’s participation.
- Reform education, changing gender stereotypes and attitudes towards gender equality.
- Ending violence against women, wars and occupation.
- Ensuring freedom and independent action of the civil society as well as support to women’s rights organizations.
A fruitful debate then took place and the participants agreed that it was necessary to more widely spread the ministerial conclusions and the gender regional platform, being part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The associations and the local and departmental elected members promised to take into account the recommendations to elaborate local and national policies.
The second part of the day was dedicated to the situation of women in the labor market and in positions of responsibility all over the world and in Algeria. The ILO representative gave the results of a survey undertaken by the Office at the global level. He highlighted the barriers that women face in the workplace and the limited number of women in managerial and decision-making positions. In Algeria, 11% of women in management positions are referred to, but the available data are not gender-specific. The lack of statistics on women in management and decision-making positions was highlighted. A study was proposed on the situation of female managers in the administration, which would then make a plea for the adoption of a law to set a quota for women representation in positions of responsibility in administrations and enterprises - as provided for in Article 36 of the Algerian Constitution, which enshrines parity in the labor market.