How to mainstream gender in the Mediterranean?

Integration programmes, actors at the forefront of gender mainstreaming


le 20 December 2022

During its 2022 annual conference, the Mediterranean New Chance network announced the production of a good practice guide "Gender mainstreaming in the Mediterranean". The aim of this guide is to capitalise on and share good practices of integration schemes that integrate the gender dimension into their work, particularly for young people.

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A clear fact 

This guide responds to the observation that there is a gender gap in access to training and employment. Many young people in the Mediterranean are far from employment, training and education. The proportion of these young people represents more than 40% of the under 25s in some Mediterranean countries and women are over-represented in these figures. Indeed, women are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to be affected by this situation. Based on this worrying observation, the MedNc network wished to reaffirm its commitment to the reduction of gender inequalities. 


The result of the daily work of the network's members  

This observation is also shared by the members of the network who perceive gaps in representation between men and women within their integration schemes. Indeed, these gaps are visible within their structures, but also in terms of enrolments and training offers. In order to act to reduce these inequalities in access to training and employment, the members of the network have developed and formalised effective good practices to promote the professional integration of women. 
Thus, this guide proposes recommendations and good practices to better integrate the gender dimension in the integration structure. It also reviews the lexicon related to gender in order to understand and qualify its dynamics. 


The desire for a safer and more inclusive Mediterranean space

The aim of this publication is to capitalise, pool and share these good practices. These good practices are replicable and can be taken up by other actors in the field of inclusion and even beyond. Each good practice is the product of a commitment to reducing gender inequalities in the Mediterranean.

A safer and more gender-equal space in the Mediterranean, where inclusion actors are aware of and use these good practices, would be beneficial for all. Gender equality is not only the concern of women, equality in fact, participates in the development and well-being of the whole society.

Finally, the MedNc network hopes that the dissemination and use of these good practices will contribute to the reduction of gender inequalities in the Mediterranean and promote access to employment and training for women. This publication is the product of the MedNc network's commitment to gender equality in the Mediterranean.