Minister of Women, Family and Child Affairs announces launch of "PARFAIT" project | Tunisia News Gazette

Minister of Women, Family and Child Affairs announces launch of “PARFAIT” project

Minister of Women, Family and Child Affairs, Neziha Laabidi announced, on Tuesday in Tunis, the launch of the PARFAIT (Women’s Participation for Advancement and Innovation of Tunisia) project.

The project is co-funded by the European Union as part of the promotion of gender equality in Tunisia and implemented by ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy).

It will last two years and aims to improve women’s participation women in local governance in Tunisia by giving them the means to fully integrate into public life, as voters and candidates, as well as in their role as informed, engaged and involved citizens so that the system of local decentralization a be a success for the entire population,” said the minister.

Neziha Laabidi said 180 women in 8 regions of Tunisia including Greater Tunis, Kairouan, Jendouba, Gafsa, Kebili and Mahdia will benefit from training sessions in the framework of this project to build their capacity and promote their participation in political life.

“Tunisian women have made significant progress in participation in decision-making compared with other Arab countries, said Laabidi.

She added that the ministry has put in place a number of programmes, strategies and laws aimed at strengthening the capacity of Tunisian women, such as the discussion of the law on equality in inheritance and the adoption of the law on the elimination of all forms of violence against women, which will come into force in February 2018.

For her part, adviser to the President of the Republic Saida Garrach stressed the existence of a political will to enhance women’s rights, recalling that President Beji CaA�d Essebssi supports, himself, capacity building women.

In this context, she emphasised the need to combine the efforts of all parties to achieve better results.

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of the ALDA Association said the project aims to increase women’s capacities to promote their participation in public life and political life by organising training sessions for women wishing to run for the next municipal elections.

This project is implemented by ALDA and its two partners EPD – the European Partnership for Democracy and the Coalition for Tunisian Women.

Source: TAP News Agency

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