Guide to CEDAW launched in Tunis | Tunisia News Gazette

Guide to CEDAW launched in Tunis

The United Nations system in Tunisia launched on Tuesday in Tunis the guide to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), this guide provides the basic information needed to know and understand this fundamental convention ratified by Tunisia on September 20, 1985.

Developed by legal expert Hafidha Chekir, this kit includes a guide presenting the core principles, the rights defended by this convention, the obligations arising from its ratification by Tunisia and the existing mechanisms to monitor its implementation.

It also contains a brochure that includes the full CEDAW text, another brochure that explains the rights defended by CEDAW and a document on the criticisms and frequently asked questions on this convention.

The kit also includes a printout for each right defended by CEDAW presenting the current situation of gender equality.

CEDAW acquires its full meaning today with the adoption of Organic Law on Elimination of Violence against Women, Chekir said, calling for the need to include this convention in the Tunisian legislation and review all laws that are not in line with this text.

According to her, CEDAW hinges on an approach based on human rights and defends women’s rights in all fields (health, education, labour).

Director Resident Co-ordinator of the UN system in Tunisia Diego Zorrilla seized this opportunity to congratulate the President of the Republic on recommending amending the law so as to achieve gender equality and allow Tunisian women to marry non-Muslims.

The UN system is ready to support Tunisia in this debate announced by the President of the Republic and in this fight for gender equality, he pointed out.

Adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, CEDAW sets the measures to be taken by countries in order to end all forms of discrimination made against women and to defend their rights in all political, economic, social, cultural and civil fields.

Tunisia expressed reservations about certain provisions in the convention including Article 9 on transmission of nationality, Article 16 on marriage and family life and Article 15 on freedom to choose residence and domicile.

These reservations were officially lifted in 2014.

Source: TAP News Agency

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