Ministry of Women endeavours to ensure full equality between men and women | Tunisia News Gazette

Ministry of Women endeavours to ensure full equality between men and women

Minister of Women, Family and Children Neziha Labidi affirmed Friday the commitment of her department to develop programmes and to create mechanisms to achieve total equality between men and women in the various decision-making positions.

Presiding in Sousse the opening of a regional workshop on “Women’s professional participation in the justice sector: reality and perspectives” organised at the initiative of the Arab Women’s Center for Training and Research (CAWTAR) in partnership with the International Organisation for Development Law, Labidi recalled the creation of the Council of Peers chaired by the Prime Minister and bringing together senior officials of the State.

This mechanism, she said, works to integrate the gender approach in all institutions and administrations and to achieve full equality between men and women.

In this regard, she announced the creation of a national prize to award every institution, administration or company that has achieved equal opportunities and parity between men and women.

CAWTAR Center Executive Director Soukeina Bouraoui said the first day of the two-day meeting was attended by judges from Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco, as well as researchers, lawyers, academics and representatives (men and women) from different parties active in the justice sector in Tunisia to deepen the reflection and the exchange of experiences and expertise in the field of the consolidation of the professional participation of women in this field in the Middle East and North Africa region.

She added that the preliminary results of a pilot study on the professional participation of women in the justice sector in Tunisia will be presented during this workshop.

For her part, researcher at the National Institute of Statistics, Fadhila Najeh told TAP that the field study has shown that the justice sector in Tunisia continues to feminise over the last ten years.

According to this survey of 400 women executives in the justice sector, the presence of women in the judiciary sector reached, in 2016, 42% of all Tunisian magistrates while the access of women to the bar amounts to 45% of all lawyers.

According to the same study, the percentage of women notaries is 39% (in 2016) while the presence of women in other bodies of justice remains low with only 27% of women bailiffs.

Source: TAP News Agency

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