MEDITER Women for Change is a biennal project funded by the EuropeAid Cooperation Office, which manages the external cooperation programs of the EU.
The overall objective of the project MEDITER - Women for Change aims to strengthen women's leadership within Local Authorities and NGOs and, through them, to provide an appropriate response to risks of economic, political and cultural marginalism in the Mediterranean region, one of the strategic areas of European gravity.
Indirectly, the project aims to reduce the risk of crises (economic, political and social) in the Mediterranean, through the strengthening of women's representation in the areas of administrative hierarchy and decision-making positions within the Authorities and local NGOs. To achieve these objectives, the project aims in particular tocomplete the following two specific objectives:
1.To increase the preparation level and access of women in decision-making positions by developing an ongoing program of higher education for women-manager in Local Authorities and NGOs.
2.To encourage permanent exchange between women-manager of public and nonprofit sectors on subjects of common interest, through the creation of a thematic network dedicated to the development of cultural policies.
Under the second goal, in January 2011, the MEDITER - Euro-Mediterranean Network for cooperation has benn created.
The MEDITER network- Euro-Mediterranean Network for thecooperation, AISBL MEDITER, Euro-Mediterranean network for the cooperation, aims to establish and consolidate a process of innovation and experimentation where the North/South-South/North cooperation is seen as a strategic factor for development and peace. It strives to have a double impact: from one side on the EU institutions and from another on populations (especially young women) of Mediterranean countries.
MEDITER aims to build a new local leadership in the Mediterranean region.
MEDITER enhances the strategic role of human resources by linking cultures, knowledge and skills. It also aims to boost cultural exchanges between the countries bordering the Mediterranean, based on their common cultural heritage. It allows synergies between local and global.
It reinforces the construction of a regional identity, supports a dialectical relationship between Europe and the Mediterranean, working with all cultures of the Mediterranean region for the opening and international exchange.
In this context, MEDITER is acting to encourage the development of cooperative relations between the Mediterranean countries with the conviction that such relations constitute a priority objective for the development of a common horizon of civilization.
Therefore MEDITER solicits for membership the local authorities, NGOs, foundations, universities, small businesses and nonprofit organizations in general, whether local or international.