Euromed: Website created for emancipation of Arab women

Initiative by European Council to favour dialogue

25 April, 17:52

(ANSAmed) - STRASBOURG, APRIL 25 - A new website set up by the European Council's North-South Centre is aiming to create a platform upon which European and Arab women can swap experiences. The Euro-Med Women Network website (www.nswomennetwork.org) has been put in place by the Italian MP Deborah Bergamini, the chair of the North-South Centre, and was presented in Strasbourg today to a selection of authoritative representatives of the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean, who oversaw the launch of the website and begun efforts that will allow suggestions and demands emerging from online discussion to be implemented.

''The Arab Spring came about thanks to the Internet and this will also be our meeting place,'' Bergamini said. ''Any woman, Arab or European, will be able to contact other women, swap mutual experiences, but also send messages to civil society and to political authorities''.

''In this way, we want to help Arab women, who have thus far been deprived of any right to emancipate themselves,'' Bergamini continued. ''The initiative is one of the projects being carried out by the European Council to facilitate equality between men and women in southern Mediterranean countries''.

The parliamentary assembly yesterday approved a report prepared by Fatiha Sadi, a Belgian socialist MP of Moroccan descent, which asks countries that have recently set out on a road towards democracy to introduce reforms ''elevating the status of women and removing any form of discrimination against them'', measures without which the Arab Spring would not be legitimised and, as a result, doomed to failure.

After the debate in the chamber, to boost the message of equality between men and women, there was an exhibition of paintings by the Palestinian artist Nadia Shihabi, who is involve in the struggle for women's rights, and whose father was an activist in the movement for the liberation of Palestine. (ANSAmed).

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