''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).