Joint programme to improve attention to women and girls victims of violence presented | Tunisia News Gazette

Joint programme to improve attention to women and girls victims of violence presented

The presentation of the joint programme to improve attention to women and girls victims of violence was the theme of a panel discussion held on Wednesday in Tunis, with the participation of professionals from public institutions and Civil society representatives working with abused women and girls.

Signed on May 4, 2017, by Foreign Minister Khemais Jhinaoui and United Nations Resident Coordinator Diego Zorrilla, this joint programme seeks intersectoral management to prevent and respond to violence against women.

Involving the five concerned ministries (Justice, Interior, Social Affairs, Health and Women), civil society associations and several United Nations agencies, the programme seeks to improve co-ordination between the various actors working with victims, said Delphine Lavaissiere, head of the gender and fight against gender-based violence programme at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Funded by means of US $ 870,000 by the United Nations System and the Spanish Co-operation, the programme spans two years (2017-2018) and can be extended by integrating new partners, Lavaissiere said, highlighting the “dynamic” and “interactive” nature of the programme.

The joint programme will improve the services provided to victims in three main areas: providing quality services for attention to victims, governance and co-ordination between the various actors involved as well as the information campaign by the civil society, institutions and decision-makers on violence against women and girls, the same source said.

The programme will focus on training professionals working with victims to better assist and support them in their protection and defence efforts, she added.

For her part, Rym Fayala, UNFPA assistant representative, mentioned that this programme is part of the harmonisation of measures and services for the attention of women victims of violence adopted by Tunisia which was signed on December 22, 2016, with the signing of five sectoral protocols on the attention of women victims of violence by the five concerned ministries (Justice, Interior Affairs, Social Affairs, Health and Welfare).

The joint programme addresses the limitations of victim services and supports the efforts of public authorities, Fayala pointed out, explaining that at present, stakeholders in different sectors are not sufficiently equipped to effectively assist victims and that co-ordination among the different sectors is still insufficient.

It should be recalled that according to a study carried out by the National Office for Family and Population (ONFP) in 2010, 47.6% of Tunisian women aged 18-64 reported having experienced one or more forms of violence during their life; And 73% of women victims say they do not know who to turn to when they are victims of violence.

Source: TAP News Agency

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