A report on “Inventory of Inequality and Discrimination against Women and Girls in Tunisian Legislation” concluded that it is necessary to review laws related to gender equality in Tunisia and allocate sufficient funds for their effective implementation.
The report prepared by the consultant at the Faculty of Political Rights and Law in Tunisia, Monia Benjema, under the supervision of the Center for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women “CREDIF”, in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Women in Tunisia, revealed that women’s access to leadership positions for political decision-making Still weak.
The report, a copy of which was obtained by Watt, called for the need to defend the presence of Tunisian women in leadership positions for political decision-making, whether in the government, sovereign ministries or other leadership positions, thus bridging the gap and achieving balance and parity between the sexes in this field.
In Tunisia, the rate of appointing women to sovereign positions after the revolution was only 7 percent, while women who obtained parliamentary seats before the dissolution of the Assembly of the People’s Representatives represented 26 percent, according to the report, which pointed to the weak presence of women in positions of responsibility in unions. labor, which is still based almost exclusively on men.
The rate of women’s participation in economic life in Tunisia is only 29 percent, according to statistics issued by the United Nations Women, entitled 2019, on which the report was based, which pointed out that the weakness of this participation made women exposed to several economic difficulties and affected the development of the country’s development path.
The same report indicated that Tunisian legislation still contains discriminatory provisions against women in Tunisia despite the efforts made by various stakeholders, civil society and actors, which was revealed by several global reports such as the Global Report on the Gender Gap for the year 2021, which assesses progress in achieving gender equality. It discusses the causes of the gaps and identifies the policies and practices necessary for a comprehensive recovery, which ranked Tunisia 126th globally out of 156 countries in the field of gender equality.
The report on “Inventory of Inequality and Discrimination against Women and Girls in Tunisian Legislation” clarified that violence against women is a result of discrimination and gender discrimination, which requires a review of laws and legislation that are still below the desired level and would cause harm to the status and security of women in Tunisia and the security of society as a whole.
According to the report, women in Tunisia are exposed to several social, cultural and economic difficulties despite the gains they have achieved, including the Personal Status Law in 1956 and the international conventions ratified by Tunisia in the field of advancing women and achieving equality between them and men, in all fields without exception.
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