Organic Law n°2017-58 on the elimination of violence against women in Tunisia came into effect in February 2018. The meeting held on 28-29 March in Tunis in the framework of the South Programme III was the opportunity to analyse the challenges of the implementation of this new legislation in terms of preventing violence, protecting victims, prosecuting perpetrators, and promoting synergies of action between the involved stakeholders. Jointly organised by the Ministry of Women, Family, Children and Elders and the Council of Europe, in partnership with several agencies of the United Nations, the conference focused on the crucial role of justice, security forces, the medical field and social workers, in the care and referral of women victims of violence as foreseen by the Organic Law which provisions are largely in line with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). One specific session was dedicated to raising awareness of the media and the general public on the issue of violence against women. Awareness-raising is a key condition in the deconstruction of gender-based stereotypes and the prevention of recidivism. The recommendations resulting from this meeting will serve as a basis for the organisation of activities in areas identified as priorities, for example the responsibilities of magistrates in the implementation of adequate legal provisions and the appropriate referral of female victims.
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.