The national roundtable “Following up on the 4th UfM Ministerial Meeting on women’s rights”, organised by Association of Tunisian Women for Research and Development (AFTURD) in partnership with the Euromed Feminist Initiative with the support of the European Union, took place on 17-18 April 2018 at Golden Tulip Hotel Tunisia. The two-days roundtable was attended by representatives of the concerned ministries: Ministry of Women, Family and Children, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry in charge of relations with civil society, constitutional bodies and human rights as well as representatives of national and international NGOs, party leaders, journalists, academics and gender experts.
During the first day, CSOs and CBOs participated in a national forum in order to spread awareness on the Declaration from the 4th UfM Ministerial Conference (Cairo, 27/11/2017) and the recommendations from the Civil Society Conference that Euromed Feminist Initiative organised with the support of the EU back-to-back the 4th UfM Ministerial Meeting took place on November 22nd -23rd, 2017 in Cairo. The participants discussed ways and means to follow up on the governmental commitments to implement gender equality policy. The forum provided the opportunity to widen the knowledge and favour ownership of the whole process among the grassroots organisations.
The second day gathered CSOs, CBOs and Stakeholders to discuss national monitoring mechanisms and indicators to implement the Cairo Ministerial commitments to concrete gender equality policies and actions.
During the roundtable, the latest legislative achievements in Tunisia were highlighted and praised such as the new law against gender-based violence that was passed at the end of July 2017, making Tunisia the leading country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in women's rights. Most of the discussions focused on the importance of the implementation of these legislative changes and on the urgent need to challenge and change public attitudes, gender stereotypes and patriarchal gender power structures.
One of the main questions discussed in the roundtable was: “What mechanisms could be used to implement gender equality in Tunisia through the Ministerial Process?
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