Right now, countries around the world are facing a range of risks that threaten their stability, from rising environmental crises to deepening inequality and economic pressures. It’s also a time of brilliant possibilities. The hope and momentum for advancing women’s full and equal political participation have never been stronger.
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Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections.
25 May is Africa Day, a day to celebrate Africa's liberation from colonialism and formation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, precursor to the African Union. Every day, across the continent of Africa, women and men are shaping a better future for their countries and the world.
Democracy, sustainable peace and conflict prevention cannot be achieved if women-half of the population-are left behind. This year's International Day of Democracy (15 September) theme, "Democracy and Conflict Prevention", calls for "strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law".
Tunisia made historic strides by passing its first national law to combat violence against women on 26 July, 2017. The long-awaited legislation, which passed with 146 votes out of 217 and zero abstentions, takes a comprehensive approach by combining measures for prevention of violence and support for survivors.
Tunisia's Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for "horizontal and vertical" gender parity in Article 49 of the electoral law.