Few women on Tunisian parliamentary poll lists

Party leaders call for greater female presence

23 October, 10:23

    Nidaa Tounes electoral campaign rally Nidaa Tounes electoral campaign rally

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, OCTOBER 23 - Tunisia, despite being the most advanced Arab nation in terms of women's rights, is still fare from adhering fully to the principles enshrined in the January 2014 Constitution and from abiding by the ratification of international treaties in daily life. Though 47% of candidates for Tunisia's parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday are women, only 12% of them are on top of the electoral lists of candidates. This is a slight improvement on the previous elections, when the figure was 7%, but still shows a lack of equal opportunities for women. A conference was held on Thursday by top female candidates to support greater participation by women in Tunisia's political life. Hajer Habchi, coordinator of a project to foster women's roles in political parties and unions, noted an awareness campaign was launched in September with the cooperation of the European Union that provides for a 7-million-euro aid program.

    One of the program's objectives is women's inclusion in politics. EU Ambassador to Tunisia Laura Baeza called on all Tunisian women to thoroughly examine electoral programs to make the right choice of MPs, stressing that a parliament with greater female participation would be able to better protect and foster women's rights. (ANSAmed).

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