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Economic empowerment of women remains low (Survey)

(TAP) A survey on measuring the empowerment of women and youth in Tunisia has revealed that women’s level of economic empowerment remains low while their empowerment in the areas of leadership and time use is much higher.

The results of the survey presented Friday morning in Tunis at a workshop organised by the Arab Women’s Centre for Training and Research (CAWTAR), showed that 95% of women living in households with another decision-maker, mostly male, do not have adequate skills in at least four of the five domains of empowerment (production, resources, income, leadership and time use).

This result is due, according to the survey, to low levels of economic empowerment, which means low levels of influence in productive decisions and limited control of resources such as assets and credit in addition to weak influence over the economy on the way the income is spent.

The survey was conducted on a nationally representative sample of 1,150 households, 65% of whom live in cities and 35% live in rural areas. The sample includes 2,513 people, 30% of whom are young and 52% are women.

Speaking on this occasion, Micheline Goedbuys from the United Nations University in the Netherlands and member of the team that conducted the survey indicated that gender parity in the household is also low (35.1%), noting that a significant percentage of men also demonstrate low empowerment (74%).

She added that higher levels of women’s empowerment are generally correlated with higher levels of psychological well-being, but the results are less clear for attitudes toward domestic violence.

She explained that women’s empowerment in the areas of leadership and time use is much higher given the rising enrollment and education rates in Tunisia.

She also pointed out that other research projects in other areas such as health, employment, education and industry will be carried out as they relate to sustainable development.

For her part, Executive Director of CAWTAR Centre Soukeina Bouraoui said that the survey, presented for the first time in Tunisia, makes it possible to measure the empowerment of women and their decision-making power, particularly within the family.

She added that the survey could help decision-makers in Tunisia to further promote women’s conditions, particularly in terms of access to finance and services.

For her part, Neziha Laabidi, Minister of Women, Family, Children and Elderly, emphasised the importance of women’s empowerment in Tunisia as an indispensable tool to achieve real and effective equality between women and men.

She also reported that the government has established a series of programmes mainly in the area of women’s economic empowerment such as the empowerment programme of 5 thousand women by 2020.

Source: TAP News Agency

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