Tunisia’s Minister of Women, the Family and Elderly Affairs, Imen Zahouani Houimel, has stated that the ministry is involved in consultations with relevant stakeholders to launch a national dialogue aimed at reducing violence against women in public and private spaces, alongside gender-based heinous crimes.
The Minister disclosed this at a virtual meeting with representatives of civil society active in combating violence against women, assuring the commitment of the government to dealing with the issue going forward.
She noted that the Ministry is open to proposals and initiatives that can help implement mechanisms for a national dialogue that can lead to practical results. The government aims to establish a national pact with which to engage all components of society to ban by law all attempted violence against women and prosecute its perpetrators.
Participants at the meeting expressed their support and willingness towards the suggestion of a national dialogue. They encouraged the ministry to carry on with its plan of involving various stakeholders including government structures, to develop a clear short, medium, and long-term strategy.