Tunisia: Organization of a seminar on best practices in combatting violence against women

05/12/2014
Press release
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To mark the conclusion of the 16 days of international activism against gender violence and human rights day, FIDH, the Association of Tunisian Democratic Women (Association tunisienne des femmes démocrates - ATFD), and Beity are holding a joint regional seminar on “Best practices for combating violence against women”, in Tunis on 9-10 December 2014. The seminar will bring together civil society activists from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia as well as representatives of the Tunisian authorities.

Participants will exchange on experiences and develop strategies based on good practices aimed at preventing violence, protecting and supporting survivors and facilitating access to justice. This seminar will take place in amidst developments in several North African countries concerning legislative and other measures aimed at combating violence against women.

FIDH and its members and partners have beenpushing for reforms to combat violence against women in several countries in the region, in accordance with those countries’ international obligations. A report released by FIDH with Egyptian partners in April 2014 highlights the epidemic of sexual violence in the public space in Egypt and analyzes the root causes, including impunity of perpetrators and discrimination against women in law and practice. In Libya, FIDH and the Observatory on Gender in Crisis campaigned for victims of rape during the 2011 conflict to be recognised as victims of war and have access to reparation. In Tunisia, FIDH has provided legal support to women victims of sexual violence and continues to campaign against impunity for crimes of violence against women.

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