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6th UniDem Seminar: “Women and the Employment Market” in the Southern Mediterranean

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6th UniDem Seminar: “Women and the Employment Market” in the Southern Mediterranean

Empowering women through their participation in the labour market was the central theme of the 6th UniDem Med seminar of the Venice Commission, held on 7-8 November 2017, in Algiers (Algeria).

Organised at the request of the Constitutional Council and the Directorate General of Civil Service and administrative Reform of Algeria, the seminar counted roughly hundred high-level participants from the southern Mediterranean region (Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia) together with experts from Europe.

The seminar began with a reflection on international standards together with exchanges on constitutional and legal provisions related to gender equality across Europe and the Southern Mediterranean. Central to the debates of the various sessions were gender equality and women’s empowerment in the civil service and the economic sphere. Participants were able to compare their national experiences with one another while learning from existing best practices in ensuring equality and non-discrimination.

Overall, the seminar was also an opportunity to build bridges between legislators, judges of different jurisdictions, notably those in charge of the protection of constitutional rights, practitioners and other segments of society.

*This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe member States on this issue.

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A flagship programme supporting democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean

Since its start in 2012, the South Programme has been a strategic European Union-Council of Europe initiative supporting democratic reforms in the Southern Mediterranean based on the demand from the partners from the region. From legislative expertise to the strengthening of institutions' capacities, through peer-to-peer exchanges and networks, the South Programme has contributed to the establishment of a common legal area between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The second phase of this ambitious three-year European Union-Council of Europe joint programme started in January 2015. It is namely contributing to the establishment of new legislative and constitutional frameworks and democratic governance structures in the region as well as institutions deriving from them. Besides, the Programme aims to contribute to the establishment of a common legal area through a progressive accession of countries from the Southern Mediterranean region to key Council of Europe conventions, which constitute the foundations for legal cooperation between countries who share common values of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in the 47 Council of Europe member states and beyond.

Through the Council of Europe various intergovernmental and interparliamentary networks, the South Programme II aims to foster better regional cooperation between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean partners, as well as among them, in the fields related to human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

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