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EGAL - Gender Equality in Local Action


“Gender Equality in Local Action” (EGAL) project aims to continue ALDA's efforts to promote women's rights in Morocco, and is implemented in the province of Tétouan, where most women face gender-related socio-economic difficulties as heavy family tasks, low levels of women's education, lack of access to information, etc. The overall objective of the project is to improve the conditions of women in the province of Tétouan, Morocco. In particular, it aims to carry out a detailed analytical study on the political, economic and social situation of women in the province of Tétouan (specific objective 1) and to strengthen both women and local authorities’ capacities in the field of inclusive and participatory democracy, by taking into account the gender dimension (specific objective 2). This project is funded by the Fons Mallorqui and started in January 2019, for a period of one year. 

Indeed, on the economic level, women in Morocco often suffer from a lack of economic opportunities and self-confidence to initiate income-generating activities and make their voices heard in their communities. Women's work is generally informal and without social protection. In addition, women suffer from a lack of skills and know-how due to low educational attainment and high levels of illiteracy, which in turn are explained by the persistence of socio-cultural stereotypes and patriarchal patterns of women's role in society, leading to their economic dependence on men in the family but also to their marginalization from public life. The participation of women as candidates, voters and especially as citizens often depends on the goodwill of the men in the family, who often believe that women should give priority to their homes. The lack of capacity and sometimes willingness of local authorities to integrate women into public life and to systematically take into account and integrate their needs and interests in the planning and implementation of local policies and programmes are additional reasons, explaining in particular the low representation of Moroccan women in local public life, thereby preventing their interests and needs from being adequately taken into account.
The project is divided into several phases. First, it will collect recent information and data on women and their level of education, access to the local market, medical care, community and political involvement in order to highlight inequalities in Tétouan province and assess the urgent needs on which municipalities can focus. This diagnosis will also provide details on women's organisations in the municipalities, their number, activities and relations with the territorial municipalities. It will finally focus on the competences of the municipal councils, the current public decision-making mechanisms and the gender policies of the various municipalities of Tétouan. It will therefore allow identifying local issues and concerned stakeholders. Carried out by a local expert, the results of the study will be presented at a public event aiming at informing and raising awareness among women, representatives of territorial municipalities and the local population about the situation and needs of women in Tétouan province.

Then, using the diagnosis as a basis, 30 beneficiaries from 5 of the most disadvantaged municipalities will be identified and will benefit from an awareness session on civic participation in decision-making processes and on the integration of the gender dimension in public policies. The aim will be to set up a pilot training course over several days bringing together 10 representatives of the 5 territorial municipalities and 20 leaders and representatives of civil society and in particular women's organisations working on a daily basis to promote and defend women's rights in these same municipalities. The intended objective is to strengthen the capacities of women's associations (or active in the defence of women's rights) and municipalities in order to promote the integration of the gender dimension into all local actions and the social and political inclusion of women from the 5 municipalities. It will therefore be a question of equipping local actors to guarantee the implementation of the principle of equality in local governance in the province of Tétouan.
At the end of the training, the beneficiaries will be awarded a grant that will enable them to carry out an awareness-raising activity in each of their municipalities. This will allow promoting the capitalisation and appropriation of the results of the diagnosis and training.
The action described is a pilot project. The training offered at the end of the diagnosis will be evaluated in order to be adapted and replicated later to other municipalities in the province of Tétouan.

 

Timespan:
January 2019 – January 2020


The project at a glance:
 
“Gender Equality in Local Action” (socalled EGAL) project aims to improve the conditions of women in the province of Tétouan, Morocco. In particular, it will carry out a detailed analytical study on the political, economic and social situation of women in the province of Tétouan and strengthen both women and local authorities’ capacities in the field of inclusive and participatory democracy, by taking into account the gender dimension.

Outcomes:

The principal outcomes of the project are:

  • Development of an analytical tool to identify gender inequalities in Tétouan province
  • Local authorities, civil society organizations and citizens of Tétouan province are aware of the urgent needs related to women in Tétouan thanks to the results of the analysis
  • CSOs, including women's rights organizations, participate in public decision-making processes
  • Local authorities integrate the gender dimension into all their actions to improve women's conditions


Global objective of the project:

  • Improve the conditions of women in the province of Tétouan, especially regarding gender-related socio-economic difficulties as heavy family tasks, low levels of women's education, lack of access to information


Specific objectives of the project:

  • Carry out a detailed analytical study on the political, economic and social situation of women in the province of Tétouan
  • Strengthen the capacities of women and municipalities in participatory and inclusive democracy, in particular by taking into account the gender dimension


Activities:


Activity group 1 - Carrying out a detailed analytic study

  • Carrying out a diagnosis on the socio-economic and political conditions of women in the province of Tétouan
  • Presentation of the diagnosis to local authorities, civil society organizations and citizens of Tétouan province in order to share the results and target the urgent needs of women

Activity Group 2 - Capacity Building

  • Training of 20 representatives of women's associations and 10 representatives of territorial municipalities on raising awareness of civic participation in decision-making processes
  • Training of 20 representatives of women's and women's associations and 10 representatives of local authorities on gender mainstreaming in public policies
  • Capitalization and reporting of results
  • Implementation of sub-granting system in each commune for the implementation of awareness-raising activities 


Partners:

Lead partner:

  • Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA, France


Other partners:

  • ADEO - Association de Développement et de Protection de l’Environnement d’Oued Laou et de son bassin versant
  • LDA Morocco

Overall Budget:
39.886 EUR




Durée du projet :
Janvier 2019 – Janvier 2020

Aperçu du projet :

Le projet « Egalité de Genre dans l’Action Locale » (EGAL) a pour but d’améliorer la situation des femmes dans la province de Tétouan, au Maroc. Il vise en particulier à réaliser une étude analytique détaillée sur la situation politique, économique et sociale des femmes dans la province de Tétouan et à renforcer les capacités des femmes et des autorités locales dans le domaine de la démocratie inclusive et participative, en tenant compte de la dimension genre.

Résultats attendus :
Les principaux résultats attendus sont :

  • Elaboration d’un outil analytique dressant les inégalités de genre dans la province de Tétouan
  • Les autorités locales, organisations de la société civile et citoyens de la province de Tétouan prennent connaissance des besoins urgents relatifs aux femmes de Tétouan grâce aux résultats délivrés par l’analyse
  • Les OSC et notamment les organisations de défense des droits des femmes participent aux processus de prises de décisions publiques
  • Les autorités locales intègrent la dimension genre dans l'ensemble de leurs actions pour améliorer les conditions des femmes

 
Objectif général du projet :

  • Améliorer la situation des femmes dans la province de Tétouan, en particulier en ce qui concerne les difficultés socio-économiques liées au genre, comme les lourdes tâches familiales, le faible niveau d'éducation des femmes et le manque d'accès à l'information.


Objectifs spécifiques du projet :

  • Réaliser une étude analytique détaillée sur la situation politique, économique et sociale des femmes de la province de Tétouan
  • Renforcer les capacités des femmes et des communes en matière de démocratie participative et inclusive, notamment via la prise en compte de la dimension de genre


Activités :


Groupe d’activités 1 – Réalisation d’une étude analytique détaillée

  • Réalisation d’un diagnostic sur les conditions socio-économiques et politique des femmes de la province de Tétouan
  • Présentation du diagnostic aux autorités locales, aux organisations de la société civile et aux citoyens de la province de Tétouan en vue de partager les résultats et cibler les besoins urgents des femmes

Groupe d’activités 2 – Renforcement des capacités

  • Formation de 20 représentants d’associations des femmes et 10 représentants des communes territoriales sur la sensibilisation à la participation civique dans les processus de prise de décision
  • Formation de 20 représentants d’associations de femmes et de femmes et 10 représentants des communes territoriales sur l’intégration de la dimension genre dans les politiques publiques
  • Capitalisation et restitution des résultats
  • Mise en place de subventions en cascades dans chaque commune pour la réalisation d’activités de sensibilisation 


Partenaires :
Chef de file :

  • Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA, France


Autres partenaires :

  • ADEO - Association de Développement et de Protection de l’Environnement d’Oued Laou et de son bassin versant
  • ADL Nord Maroc


Budget total :
39.886 EUR

 


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