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Online public debate: “Is Mediterranean civil society ready for advocacy beyond borders?”06.04.2021

Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality EU-Programme is organizing its fifth session of a series of online public debates on civil society’s challenges in the region on April 1st, 2021 at 5.00 pm (CET). This session will be held under the topic “Is Mediterranean civil society ready for advocacy beyond borders?” and will aim at making a balance of advocacy practices beyond borders in the Mediterranean and tackling main challenges in this field.

To this end, this online debate will be an occasion to address several questions such as the involvement of civil society in running campaigns and its effective impact on the ground as well as obstacles and opportunities for a more active role in raising public opinion’s pressure and influence for policy reforms in the region. In this context, it will gather participants from different backgrounds like civil society activists, researchers and journalists from euro-Mediterranean countries to find out about available spaces for cross-border activities on the southern shore and between the two shores aiming at changing policies and laws. In addition to that, participants will have the opportunity to address their questions and remarks to the speakers by writing in the chat form.

The discussion panel will gather : Ms. Jade Kahhaleh, “We Exist!” Alliance, Mr. Khaled Abol Naga, Egyptian Actor, Mr. Srdja Popovic, Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS), Mr. Thijs Berman, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), and Ms. Lina Alameddine, Med Dialogue programme’s Co-Debater.

It is recalled that this series of online debates is held within the framework of the Med Dialogue’s online publication “Bridging the sea: A review of Mediterranean civil society” which was released on February 18th 2021, and exploring the work and role of Mediterranean civil society networks and entities, working in the region on different topics (i.e.: migration, human rights, cultural understanding, environment). The debates’ topics are the following:

  • 1st Public debate on “A Mediterranean common vision” (January 13, 2021)
  • 2nd Public debate on “Environmental engagement in the Mediterranean” (January 29, 2021)
  • 3rd Public debate on “Civil society in action: lessons from the Mapping survey” (February 18, 2021)
  • 4th Public debate on “Engaging citizens for democracy in the Mediterranean” (March 12, 2021)
  • 5th Public debate on “Successes and failures of regional advocacy action” (April 1st , 2021)
  • 6th Public debate on “Achieving sustainability in civil society work” (April, 2021)

Practical information:

The debate will last 90 minutes, and would be held in English, with Arabic and French translation for the registered organizations/ persons. The debate will be hosted on Zoom and also broadcasted live on Facebook.

Only registered participants will have access to Zoom platform and take advantage of the translation service provided, except for media actors who will have an unlimited access. Meanwhile, the rest of the participants may follow the debate on Facebook live and interact directly with speakers by writing comments and questions.

Registration form for participants

Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is a 3-year (2019-2022) EU-funded technical assistance regional programme with the overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale, in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and social resilience, as well as influencing policy-making in the South end Neighborhood and the Euro-Mediterranean region.

For more information, please contact gianluca.solera@particip.com, Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality team leader.

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