Brussels, June 20. 2011
Today a joint workshop of the Committee of Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) in association with DMAG, the Committee on Development (DEVE) and sub Committee on Human Rights on "The role of women in the democratisation process and governance changes in North Africa and the Middle East societies" was held in the European Parliament in Brussels.
A broad panel of experts gave insight in the situation of various countries now experiencing the so called "Arab Spring". Successful business women from affected countries such as Sana Ben Achour, Chair of the "Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates" (ATFD), an autonomous activist women's organization dedicated to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women gave insight into their work and the situation of women in her home country.
Data from a recent survey on women entrepreneurship was presented by Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor at the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa Region of Knowledge and Economic and Sector Work.
Outi Karkkainnen, Administrator in the Unit Maghreb and Mashrek European Training Foundation (ETF), presented some highly interesting facts and fogures on the access and participation of young women, aged 15 - 29 in education, training and employment.
For a map illustrating the actual situation of each country affected by the "Arab Spring" including a brief description please click on the following link: