Tunisia ranks 119 out of 149 in Global Gender Gap Report 2018
12/02/2019 10:49, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Tunisia ranks 119 out of 149 in the Global Gender Gap Report 2018 of the World Economic Forum, the “Aswaat Nisaa” organisation said in statement Monday.

The Association considered that in spite of the legislative gains achieved by Tunisia in the recent years the statistics indicate that Tunisia is below the world average in this classification.

Even though Tunisia has made a considerable progress in terms of women’s participation in political life, ranking 55th worldwide, the women’s participation rate remains low in taking ministerial posts with only 23.1 % against 76% for men. Tunisia ranks 127th out of 149 countries in terms of women legislators, senior officials and managers.

The disparity between women and men remains high as regards educational attainment (Tunisia ranks 108th and economic participation and opportunity, Tunisia falls to 135th, the lowest level to date.

The unemployment rate for women reached 22.2% while men 12.5%.

In this regard, the Aswaat Nisaa organisation called for reducing the gender gap through the promulgation of the law on equal inheritance and to estimate the actual contribution of women to economic activity by evaluating women's unpaid work such as the unpaid domestic work hours.

The organisation also pointed out the need to provide equal opportunities in senior posts and activate the anti-discrimination law against women No. 58/2017, especially at the economic level, and to increase women's participation rate in the labour market through public policies to promote the employment rate of women.

It also called for the revision of the basic law governing parties, which guarantees equality in the representation of women and men at all national, regional and local levels.

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