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Women’s rights not respected in public transport (Study)

The results of a study conducted under the project for safe cities that take into account the needs of women in the delegations of Bardo, El Mourouj and Beni Khiar, revealed that women’s rights are not respected in the public transport, said Hend Bouziri, President of the Association “Tunisiennes.”

At the closing ceremony of the project launched in March 2016 in collaboration with Action Aid, Bouziri pointed out that the non-respect of these rights affects the situation of women in society in general and limits its civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights in all spaces.

She also said that this citizen project aims to combat discrimination against women and facilitate their access to all services, by raising awareness among local authorities, public institutions and national legislative authorities as to the importance of ensuring services that take into account the social gender.

In this regard, the association called on the Transport Ministry to reinforce the installation of surveillance cameras in the means of transport to record acts of violence or harassment against women in order to incite them to report such abuses.

In addition, the Interior Ministry has been called upon to welcome women victims of such acts of violence or harassment and to respond quickly to their complaints.

The association also called on the Ministry of Women, Family and Childhood to launch public awareness campaigns in public transport and stations to encourage women to be aware of the importance of reporting abuses.

Emphasis was also laid on the need to mainstream the gender approach into school curricula.

Created in May 2011, the association “Tunisiennes” has been endeavouring to reinforce women’s empowerment and promote their effective participation in public life to ensure equal opportunities between men and women in the society.

Source: TAP News Agency

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