Tunisia committed to women’s economic empowerment to prevent gender-based violence (PM)

(TAP) – Prime Minister Najla Bouden said Tunisia is committed to achieving women’s economic empowerment as the safeguard of their rights helps them protect themselves against violence.


Economic empowerment is one of the most important economic protection mechanisms, the Premier said in a video address to participants in an international conference on the role of social education institutions in preventing violence against women. Financial vulnerability is the main reason for women’s exposure to violence.


Bouden hailed the role played by governmental agencies and organisations in protecting women’s rights. Women’s rights need to be on the front line between all governmental and non-governmental parties.


Government agencies and actors support the implementation of the provisions of Organic Law No. 58 of 2017 on the fight against all forms of violence against women. There is need to review and revamp working methods, notably in relation to prevention, so as to combat violence against women.


Minister of Family, Women, Children and the Elderly Amal Moussa said reports of domestic violence against women reached 80% of total reports. Protection mechanisms have thus to be reinforced.


The ministry set up 3 new care centres for women victims of violence and their children in Ben Arous, Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 to December 10), bringing their overall number to ten.


Thers is intention to establish 14 more centres over the next two years to cover all regions of Tunisia before the end of 2024.


Moussa emphasised the importance of the move initated last March to grant free-of-charge preliminary medical certificates to women victims of violence to help them advance their rights.


Source: TAP News Agency