ALDA on the Gender Equality side at EDDs 2018
The European Development Days 2018 took place at Tour & Taxis on 6 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
ALDA participated in the event through a presentation of its projects related to gender issues: “(Im) Perfect day: ALDA Europe fighting for a more equal society”.
The project GET UP (Gender Equality Training to overcome Unfair discrimination Practices in education and labour market) was highlighted through the display of a “discrimination diary” where ALDA staff asked people to reflect and write down a moment when they were discriminated against and how they felt. Here are some examples of thoughts from the participants: “To be the only woman in meetings, and sometimes also the youngest, made my participation not easy.”; “I usually get most offended when my opinion is not taken into account because I look young and cute and apparently this means my opinion doesn’t have the same importance.”; “I’ve been patted on the head and called a ‘good girl’ by a supervisor.”. Read more about this project which aims at addressing the stereotyping of educational and career choices and at promoting gender equality in education, training, career guidance and at the workplace.
ALDA also presented other projects it is implementing on the topic of gender equality:
· SW-UP (Sport for Women in Urban Places) which aims at involving women in sports through transforming cities into women-friendly environments for outdoor activities;
· WEMIN (Migrant Women Empowerment and Integration) that is implementing and promoting a comprehensive integration model for migrant and refugee women through training, empowerment and mentoring sessions;
· WOM-COM (Women’s Communication for Solidarity) that is teaching young women about assertive communication, solidarity of women and the expression of this solidarity through street art.
Later on, the project PARFAIT (Participation des femmes pour l’avancement et l’innovation de la Tunisie) was presented in the framework of the panel “Empowerment of Women: the case of the National Commission for Lebanese Women. Exchange of best practices on effective women coordination and networking mechanisms in the MENA regions” where Anne-Laure Joedicke, ALDA Coordinator for the Mediterranean area, was a speaker.
"To make non-active women sharing experiences, expressing their interests, getting out from their houses in Tunisia is a big success and with Parfait ALDA is achieving this change", said our Coordinator. "We are promoting democratic values from the bottom level. We strongly believe and we have evidence that the cooperation between LAs and CSOs can bring essential results in the field of local democracy". These were the words highlighting the experience of Project Parfait, in which ALDA strongly believes for a better relationship between women and institutions in Tunisia, where great outcomes have already been produced.