On August 9, 2021, four civil society organisations from the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean launched “Our Mediterranean”, a cross-border advocacy campaign calling for a common destiny in the region. Civitas Institute (Gaza), Mashallah News (Lebanon/France), Maydan Association (Italy) and Réseau Euromed France (France) – who are working together under the umbrella of Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality – aim at defending common values and promoting solidarity between the two shores, to work towards the establishment of a ‘united and free community of destiny’, by delivering a collective message about the multiple facets of our Mediterranean identity.
In working toward a common Mediterranean future, the campaign aims at countering the narrative of division, showing the richness and diversity of our Mediterranean common roots, ensuring that shared issues are brought up to the regional and institutional agenda, and finally cultivating a united, peaceful, socio-politically and economically just relationship among Mediterranean peoples and beyond.
A vast variety of activities including written and audiovisual stories, research, expertise exchanges and multi-stakeholder debates conducted online and in eight different participating countries (France, Gaza-Palestine, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Slovenia and the Netherlands) will raise awareness among the general public about the common Mediterranean destiny. They will also provide the building blocks for a road map to consolidate a common north-south vision of the Mediterranean future that involves CSOs, citizens and decision-makers.
The advocacy campaign results will be presented to decision-makers at several regional events to be held at the end of the programme, in November 2021, where the partners will highlight the value and the benefits of supporting an agenda and a roadmap championing a common Mediterranean destiny.
In this context, here you can find a video produced by Civitas Institute, dedicated to the issue of migration in the framework of “Our Mediterranean” campaign. This short film tells the story of four young people from different countries who are crossing the Mediterranean Sea to find hope and a better life. To survive and overcome the dangers, they have to show solidarity and get together…
Launching of “Our Mediterranean” campaign press release.
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