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Tunisia-EU: Five projects to promote democracy, human rights launched

Five projects, fruit of Tunisian-European collaboration, launched Thursday in Tunis.

The projects, designed to promote democracy and uphold human rights in Tunisia, were presented at a ceremony held in Tunis in the presence of European Union (EU) Ambassador to Tunisia Patrice Bergamini.

The projects, worth 2 million euros, fall in line with the push for democratic reforms and the entrenchment of human rights in Tunisia and involve several Tunisian civil society players.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights is providing financing to the tune of 80%, said official in charge of projects at the European Delegation Maria Casado. Recipient parties, namely partner organisations, will commit a funding of 5%.

The implementation duration of these projects is of two to three years, Casado highlighted.

The two first projects, which follow a call for proposals launched last February by the European Union Delegation, pertain to children’s rights and the fight against discrimination. Support for the electoral processes and the democratic transition set in motion in Tunisia is the backbone of the three other projects, Casado said.

Dubbed “Deconstructing Violence through Art,” the first project was launched by Art Rue civil society organisation and is meant to contribute to promoting and championing children’s rights.

The second project was initiated by Minority Rights group International (MRG), it is geared towards building Tunisian civil society capacities in fighting discrimination with a phased implementation over 36 months. Civil society will be able to better identify, document, follow up, analyse and denounce discrimination on the grounds of race, nationality or sexual orientation.

The third project, “For an Inclusive and Participatory Democracy in Tunisia,” was tabled by the League of Tunisian Women Voters (LET).

The project seeks to help foster Tunisian women’s contribution to democratic transition. A broader political participation is sought to achieve inclusive governance and decentralisation.

Lam Echaml civil society organisation launched, for its part, a project billed “Democratic Transition in Tunisia, Citizenship, Education and Voter Education.”

The 24-month project will be implemented in four phases; it is directed towards instilling the civic and democratic culture by means of increasing the participation of first-time voters and marginalised groups in the electoral process.

The fifth project, presented by I watch, set as a target the transparency of municipal, legislative and presidential elections and their funding. “Towards the Decentralisation of Civil Society” is also meant to improve responsiveness of local authorities to citizens and civil society.

The EU Delegation issued a call for projects to support the initiatives of the Tunisian civil society and foster its contribution to the efforts designed to promote human rights and democratic reforms.

Source: TAP News Agency

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