Tunisia: 'KADIRAT' Launches Guide to Urge Tunisian Gov't to Keep Legislation in Harmony With Maputo Protocol

Tunis/Tunisia — The organisation "KADIRAT", on Saturday, launched a guide to urge the Tunisian government to keep its legislation in harmony with the provisions of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa "Maputo" ratified by Tunisia under organic law No. 33 of 2018 dated 6 June 2018.

The guide was presented at a regional meeting to support the capacities of the network of NGOs in North Africa, which was held in Tunis on the theme "Mechanisms of pressure on governments to implement international conventions".

It aims to simplify the provisions of the Maputo Protocol and facilitate the use of this document before the courts and authorities concerned.

It also aims to highlight its advantages and the way it deals with women's rights and to compare its achievements with the Tunisian laws in force, said expert in public law, Hafidha Chkir, who prepared the guide.

She said that all Tunisian laws in line with the provisions of the Protocol have been listed in this document which has shed light on the rights neglected by Tunisian law.

In this regard, she mentioned ill-treatment, fanaticism and the right of women to live in peace, as well as the protection of women in armed conflicts and their right to food security and to live in a positive cultural environment.

For her part, President of "Kadirat Samia Melki Fessi stressed that Tunisia's ratification of this protocol means that it has a higher legal rank than Tunisian laws, in accordance with Article 20 of the Tunisian Constitution.

She noted that the non-application by the Tunisian government of all national laws and international treaty provisions guaranteeing women's rights would lead civil society associations to file a complaint against it.

She stressed that this regional meeting, attended by experts from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, represents an opportunity to put pressure on the governments of Arab countries to implement international treaties on women's rights, the most important of which are the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Maputo Protocol.

Created in 2014, KADIRAT works to defend women's rights. It joined the network of women's NGOs supported by the United Nations in March 2020.

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