15% of women are in leading positions now against 30% before (Study)
25/06/2019 14:21, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – It appears from a study conducted by the “Aswat Nissa” association on the integration of the gender approach in the Tunisian legislation related to the security sector between 2014 and 2018, that the rate of women in leading positions in the Presidency of the Republic, the Government or authorities dropped from 30% to 15% during this period.

The study whose findings were presented Tuesday in Tunis, revealed a decrease in the budget devoted to the integration of the gender approach in the budget of the Ministry of Women, Family, Children and seniors, reaching less than 0.5% against 2.5% previously.

The document shows also that a large part of the Tunisian legislation is not adapted to the gender approach; knowing that the study had analysed the average of women's participation in decision-making posts as well as the level of taking into account the needs of all the social categories in the State budgets between 2014 and 2018, in addition to the presentation of the main legislative achievements in the security sector and the analysis of their deficiencies.

Several laws in Tunisia related to the security sector don’t take into account the social gender approach (women, elderly people or people with special needs) in spite of the existence of a law that condemns violence against women and in particular the elderly and people with special needs in general, said law professor and head of the study Khaled Mejri.

The latter pointed out in this regard, that the findings of the study which analysed the appointment protocols and the rate of representation of women in decision-making positions and in institutional structures will help evaluate the existing laws and take into account the gaps in the development of new laws.

The study will help reinforce the integration of the gender approach in the budget of the Ministry of Women, Family, Children and Seniors and improve women's representativeness in decision-making positions at the level of the different ministries, said Advocacy Officer at Aswat Nissa Ines Balti.

The study recommended speeding up the establishment of the constitutional court and reinforcing security actions to combat vilence against women and improve care for battered women.

Besides, she called for increasing women's participation in the political life, guaranteeing horizontal and vertical parity while taking into account the needs of children and persons with disabilities and enhancing the capacity of journalists to improve the treatment of information based on the gender approach.

The recommendations of the study and the seminar organised on Tuesday will be used to establish a roadmap, that will be submitted to the parliament and political actors to take into account in the reform of the security sector.

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