The Minister of Women, Family and Childhood in Tunisia’s caretaker government called for “comprehensive mobilisation” for activating the law on the elimination of violence against women.

Speaking during a press conference held at the governmental palace in Tunis, Samira Merai said the legislation submitted by the government to the parliament for approval “constitutes a real revolution against all forms of social and economic violence directed at women.”

Her ministry has provided parliament a draft law that comprises 43 chapters aimed at eliminating violence against women.

Around 53 per cent of women in Tunisia are being subjected to violence, according to a study released last March by the state-run Centre for Studies, Research, Documentation and Information on Women. The study covered the period from 2011 to 2015 and included 4,000 women.

Merai also pointed out that her ministry is working to ensure women’s participation in political, social and economic life without any forms of discrimination.

Source: Middle East Monitor


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