In April 2019, the Geneva Centre organized a panel discussion as a book-launch event for its latest publication “The Unprecedented Rise of People on the Move in the 21st Century”. The panel included experts in the field of migration, journalists who accompanied rescue operations in the Mediterranean and an operative in aerial reconnaissance missions to support these.
In September 2017, the Geneva Centre organized a meeting on “Women’s rights in the Arab region: between myth and reality”, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The discussion sought to review the remaining challenges and to deconstruct the existing myths regarding women in the Arab region. As became evident during the debate, women worldwide are still suffering, to different degrees, from the grip of patriarchy, and these challenges are not specific to any culture, but are common to all countries.
Against the background of a heightened fear of the Other, with societies turning inwards and moving away from tolerance, the headscarf has become outrageously politicised. Politicians are waging a relentless war against this religious symbol, either by advocating its prohibition and thus trampling on article 18 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, or by legislating to impose it on women, thus violating women’s freedom to choose what to wear.
The purpose of this publication is to assess the causes and consequences of forced displacement of people on the move in Europe and in the Arab region. The first volume entitled “Migration and human solidarity, a challenge and an opportunity for Europe and the MENA region” explores the adverse impact of cross-border movement resulting from war-related insecurity and from economic push factors such as the detrimental impact of climate change.