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Draft law on violence against women: Plenary session to resume next Wednesday vote on articles under discussion

The plenary session of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) devoted to the discussion of draft Organic Law No. 60-2016 on violence against women, was lifted on Monday evening without completing the vote on the 43 articles.

It will resume next Wednesday for looking at the other articles, announced Chairman of the plenary Abdelfatah Mourou who decided, in consultation with the presidents of the parliamentary blocs, to lift the plenary session open in the morning to avoid the lack of quorum at the vote.

The deputies adopted a number of articles until the amendment of article 227 bis of the penal code, which was approved by 113 deputies and was rejected by a single deputy, against 5 abstentions.

The MPs had previously voted 14 other clauses of the bill and proceeded to amend clauses 226 and 227 of the Criminal Code.

The draft law establishes provisions to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence in order to achieve gender equality and preserve human dignity.

With 43 articles in its current version, this text takes a comprehensive approach, ranging from prevention to criminal prosecution, sanctions and the protection and assistance of victims.

At this plenary session, Minister of Women, Family and Children, Neziha Abidi considered that the discussion of this bill which was marked by divergent views “represents an unprecedented historic moment.”

She also underlined that her department has ensured that it gives the necessary interest to this law so that it can “see the light as soon as possible”.

“Our ultimate goal is to preserve the rights of the woman victim and to punish her aggressor,” she said.

She also recalled that a law on parental leave was currently submitted to the Prime Ministry, stating that it was intended to grant the mother one month’s leave before the birth of her child and to the father one Leave for birth.

The minister also said that her department has put in place all the necessary mechanisms to combat all forms of violence against women, citing in this regard the operationalisation of a toll-free number to denounce cases of violence against women.

Source: TAP News Agency

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