Spain launches ‘Musawat Network’ to foster gender equality in MENA partner countries

On May 10, 2021, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) announced the launch of the ‘Musawat Network’ aimed at fostering gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The Musawat Network will coordinate AECID’s programs related to gender equality in Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine.

With the approval of the Spanish foreign ministry’s new 'Feminist Foreign Policy Guide' in March 2021, gender equality was outlined among Spain’s top development priorities. The AECID currently provides partner countries in the MENA region with about €20 million (US$24 million) for development programs related to women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)