On 30 September 2019, Tunisia has officially expressed the wish to be invited to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). This major milestone, made possible amongst others thanks to the activities developed with Tunisia over the past years in the framework of the South Programme, reflects the country’s will to raise its legislative framework to a high level of compliance with the most recent international standards in the field of fighting against violence towards women and domestic violence.
In this context, an exchange seminar entitled “From Law no.2017-58 to the Istanbul Convention” was held in Marsa (Tunisia) on 16 October 2019. Drawing on the “4 P” of the Convention, this activity benefitted from the participation of a member of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO). The seminar allowed to provide a crossed analysis on the Convention and the Tunisian Law in terms of prevention of violence, protection of victims, prosecution of perpetrators, and partnership between relevant stakeholders, to guide the forthcoming convergence of Tunisia with Council of Europe standards.
The South Programme III is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Union, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.