Between December 2019 and November 2020, the RCSO conducted its first regional study on “Violence Against Women and Girls in the South Mediterranean”, focusing on the seven countries in the regional program: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
The study is part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness of VAWG among stakeholders, including policymakers, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the general public including women themselves. It aims to highlight effective approaches which help to realize women’s right to a life free from violence.
The study looked at three main areas:
1. Characteristics of VAWG, using data reflecting women’s own experiences and attitudes.
2. Efficiency of existing legal frameworks and public policies to counteract VAWG.
3. Awareness of relevant national and international instruments, including the UfM Ministerial Declaration.