Civil society says political violence against women needs to be addressed | Tunisia News Gazette

Civil society says political violence against women needs to be addressed

Civil society activists underlined the need to tackle political violence against women in election campaigns and put necessary mechanisms in place to increase rural women’s participation.

This recommendation emerged from a two-day national meeting which opened Tuesday in Tunis on ministerial recommendations for gender policy development in Tunisia and the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The event, held at the initiative of the Association of Tunisian Women for Research and Development (French: AFTURD), falls in line with the European Union-funded regional platform for gender equality supported by Euromed Feminist Initiative (EFI).

It is aimed to assess the implementation by Euro-Mediterranean countries of ministerial gender equality policy conclusions that came out of the Euro-Med Women’s Rights Civil Society Conference held last November 22-23 in Egypt. Target countries are Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.

AFTURD Executive Director said supporting women’s participation in the decision-making process by means of achieving parity in governing bodies and parties is one key recommendation of the Tunisian civil society.

Civil society representatives also laid emphasis on the importance of putting in place penalties for non-compliance by public and private media with the rule of parity in media coverage.

Director General in charge of Women and Family Affairs at the Ministry Imen Zahouani Houimel said training sessions were held in collaboration with the civil society for the benefit of 600 female councillors, as part of endeavours to foster women’s participation in public life.

The ministry also worked out a series of economic empowerment programmes, including RAA�DA (2016/2020) under which loans were granted to fund 2,000 projects.

AFTURD Secretary-General Mounira Hammami shed light at the meeting on the results of Cairo’s Euro-Med Women’s Rights Civil Society Conference.

Source: TAP News Agency

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