After not being able to meet for two years, FGW brought together more than 42 women leaders for an in-person convening in Athens, Greece, in September. Like many organizations around the world, we were unable to travel in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. Elected leaders, activists, and academicians from Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and the US took part, and for the first time, we also had a participant from Libya. For five days, we heard from keynote speakers and panelists on two primary topics: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rise of gender-based violence in the MENA region as a result of the pandemic.
Global Rights for Women
Former Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity
The primary topic of the 2022 convening was the growing incidence and response to violence against women in the MENA region. Statistics reveal that the pandemic exacerbated the problem as families were forced into isolation and all social activities put on hold. The evolving movement to end violence against women was also discussed with nuances of differing perspectives and work being done from the MENA region and beyond.
A significant portion of this year’s convening was devoted to a frank and open discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Participants from both Israel and Palestine presented their narratives, while also hearing from other participants from around the world about the impact the conflict has on the region.