Last week, on 8th November, SOLIDAR together with its partner DJAZAIROUNA have organised a national workshop to discuss the socio-economic rights of women and girls in Algeria. This meeting kicks-off a series of workshops and trainings that will be organised in collaboration with women from the different wilayat of Algeria to strengthen inclusive socio-economic development.
The persisting inequalities in the social, economic and cultural sphere result in an ongoing subordination of women in Algeria, making them extremely vulnerable to violence, exploitation and societal segregation. Cherifa Kheddar, the president of the Association DJAZAIROUNA emphasized that ‘universal social protection is key to ensure women’s and girls’ socio-economic empowerment, as it allows a transformative approach rooted in human rights’. SOLIDAR believes that a rights-based approach to achieve socio-economic empowerment for both women and girls needs to be further outlined in the framework of the EU bilateral cooperation with Algeria, and reflected in the negotiations related to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
This kick-off workshop took place in the framework of a regional EU-funded program on ‘Decent Work, Social Protection and Freedom of Association’ that has been implemented in seven southern neighbourhood countries aiming to mobilise civil society and independent trade unions to promote and advance social justice. Among the participants were 27 representatives of different Civil Society organisations – including associations active on women’s rights and providing health and psychosocial support – and two representatives of the Algerian Ministry of National Solidarity, Family and Women.
On 10th November the outcomes and recommendations of the workshop were presented to the EU delegation in Algeria. They will also be further discussed during a variety of meetings taking place during the upcoming Mobilising for Social Justice Week that SOLIDAR is organising from 5th to 9th December 2016 in Brussels, in collaboration with the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND).