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MIGS News No. 1 12/12/2011 

Welcome!

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the MIGS team, I would like to welcome you to our new MIGS bi-monthly newsletter.  We sincerely hope that our new newsletter format will help keep you more regularly informed on our projects and activities, while at the same time keeping it simple and user-friendly. In this first issue, I am delighted to share with you highlights of MIGS activities in the last few months.

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MIGS Team

Where are the Women? No Democracy Without Gender Equality

Within the framework of this year’s parliamentary and municipal elections, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies is implementing a campaign entitled “Where are the Women? No Democracy without Gender Equality”. 

The aim of the campaign is to promote the equal representation of women in the House of Representatives and in local government as well as to promote and contribute to public dialogue on the persistent underrepresentation of women in political decision-making.
Within this framework, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies and the European Parliament Office in Cyprus organized a press conference followed by a march to the House of Representatives on the 1 December 2011, in order to alert the issue to the media as well as to our political leaders and demand urgent action. The event coincided with a plenary discussion at the House of Representatives on the issue. 
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New MIGS Publication: Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education

MIGS is pleased to announce the publication of the book “Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education: Promoting Integration and Mutual Understanding through Dialogue and Exchange”. The book is the result of an 18-month project funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals of the European Commission and coordinated by the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS).

The book compiles the results of qualitative research implemented in the five partner countries and aims to address the gap between integration policy and the gendered negotiation of marginalization and acculturation experienced by young migrant women in secondary education. 

For more information and to download the publication please click here.

Press Briefing: Sexual Abuse of Women and Children

The MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou (S&D) described the new European Directive on combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography that was adopted by the European Parliament as a major step forward with the ultimate goal of zero tolerance for all crimes against children.

Ms. Papadopoulou was speaking before media representatives, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights, parliamentarians and government officials and NGO representatives at an event organized by the EP Office in Cyprus and the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) at the House of the European Union in Nicosia. on the 25 November 2011. 
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Enhancing women’s rights, gender equality and civil society participation in the context of the Istanbul-Marrakech Process

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), in partnership with MIGS, Kvinna till Kvinna (Sweeden), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (Egypt), Adalah (Israel), is implementing the project entitled “Enhancing women’s rights, gender equality and civil society participation in the context of the Istanbul-Marrakech Process” funded by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID). 

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of gender equality and increasing the respect for women’s rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Wihtin this framework, the EMHRN wants to increase visibility of gender equality and women’s rights issues in the Euro-Med region and raise awareness on the EU-Arab instruments available, such as the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Istanbul Marrakech Process (IMP). 
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