Mechanism to monitor gender equality mainstreaming in local decentralisation process set up | Tunisia News Gazette

Mechanism to monitor gender equality mainstreaming in local decentralisation process set up

A monitoring mechanism for mainstreaming gender equality in the local decentralisation process was set up as part of a partnership between the Centre for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women (French: CREDIF) and the International Development Center for Innovative Local Governance (GILG-VNG International), Sanim Ben Abdallah, Associate Expert with GILG-VNG announced Wednesday.

Speaking at a workshop organised at CREDIF on “the elements of assessment and perspectives of the actions of the national committee for the promotion of gender equality in the management of local affairs, Ben Abdallah specified that this device will allow to monitor the legal texts relating to decentralisation and local governance and to examine respect for the principle of equal opportunities.

This mechanism will also make it possible to monitor statistical data on the presence of women in decision-making positions, he pointed out, highlighting the importance of this system, particularly in the upcoming municipal elections and its role in guaranteeing the parity on the candidate lists.

Ben Abdallah said the challenge that will arise soon is that of the initiation of men and women to the exercise of local democracy, namely their preparation for the next municipal elections and their support after the elections in May and during the installation of municipal councils in July.

For her part, Dalenda Larguech, Executive Director of CREDIF stated that the center has made sure to guarantee the principle of horizontal and vertical parity on candidate lists and the effective presence of women.

She added that CREDIF has worked to strengthen women’s skills at the local level through training, preparation and empowerment, in partnership with civil society and the International Development Center for Innovative Local Governance.

Several women have been trained in the management of local affairs, she said, adding that this experience will continue after the elections in several interior regions, given the success of the experiment recorded in the governorates of Beja and Medenine. .

A guide for women councilors in the municipality will be developed to accompany them in their work, she said.

The workshop, which was attended by members of the National Committee for the Promotion of Gender Equality in Local Affairs, focused on the activities of the committee and the pilot initiatives aimed at enhancing gender equality.

Source: TAP news Agency

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