Panafrican News Agency

Tunisia participates in int'l campaign on violence against women

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia is participating in an international campaign, "16 days of activism against gender-based violence", by adopting the theme "combating violence against women is everyone's responsibility".

Tunisia, which has actively joined this international campaign, wanted, through this theme, to emphasize the responsibility of all parties in the fight against gender-based violence and the importance of combining efforts to raise awareness of their rights and combat all forms of gender-based violence, said a statement issued Wednesday by the Tunisian Ministry of Women, Family and the Elderly.

The campaign starts on 25 November each year on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and continues until 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

In its statement, the ministry said it has set up an awareness programme, marked by the organization of the orange light show, "symbol of the campaign", which starts from the municipal theatre on Friday evening to make the tour of the city.

This procession will be preceded by a show led by a team of young people in front of the municipal theatre, with the participation of the UN representation.

The programme also includes a national colloquium in collaboration with the United Nations Habitat Fund on "the critical approach of the methodology of the settlement of violence against women", scheduled for 29 and 30 November, followed by a second scientific colloquium, on 7 December, on "violence against women between the imagination and the pressure of reality".

The ministry recalled that Tunisia adopted the Organic Law No. 58 of 11 August 2017 for the eradication of violence against women, which provides for the empowerment of all public structures, institutions and components of civil society in the fight against violence against women, according to a participatory approach based on the respect of human rights, equality and non-discrimination between men and women.

The law focuses on the prevention of violence and provides for the prosecution of perpetrators, as well as the protection of victims.

Tunisia has made the fight against violence against women one of its sectoral and national priorities through the establishment of a series of mechanisms aimed at better activating the articles of the law, including the concrete establishment of the National Observatory for Combating Violence against Women and security units specialised in the field of combating violence against women, as well as the creation of regional coordinating bodies for the care of victims, the text stresses.

As part of its support for partnerships with civil society, the Ministry has also set up reception and accommodation centres for women victims of violence and their children.