Draft law on elimination of violence against women: “No more silence .. law protects me” Campaign launched in Tunis | Tunisia News Gazette

Draft law on elimination of violence against women: “No more silence .. law protects me” Campaign launched in Tunis

The National Union of Tunisian Women (UNFT) launched on Tuesday in Tunis a campaign to support the adoption of the draft organic law on the elimination of violence against women.

This campaign, launched under the banner: “No more silence .. the law protects me,” is part of the joint programme devised by the Women, Family and Children Ministry in collaboration with the European Union and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to consolidate gender equality.

Taking the floor at a press conference Tuesday in Tunis, UNHR President Radhia Jerbi said that the campaign, which continues until August 13, seeks to raise awareness about the importance of adopting this law by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and apply the provisions of the Tunisian Constitution, which emphasises the importance of citizenship and equality between the two sexes.

This campaign regards five governorates: Jendouba, Kasserine, Medenine, Kairouan and Tunis, Jerbi specified, specifying these governorates had been chosen due to the high rate of violence in various forms, including economic violence, mainly rural women.

This campaign included awareness-raising spots, training activities for service providers, presentation of figures on the rate of abused women and the content of the organic law on the elimination of violence against women.

A national monitoring unit will also be set up as well as cells set up the regional level in the governorates of Tunis, Sfax, Medenine, Kairouan, Gafsa and Jendouba to ensure the follow-up of debates within the HPR till the adoption of the law.

Walid Ben Amara, officer in charge of the UNFPA Programme, pointed out the importance of this campaign to incite civilian forces to encourage the adoption of the law, notably in the face of the proliferation of violence that requires the establishment of a legal framework to combat this phenomenon.

Source: TAP News Agency

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