Tunisia Just Passed a Law to Protect Women Against Violence This is historic.

A new law passed in Tunisia on Wednesday making all forms of violence against women illegal is being hailed as “landmark” and “historic.”
The law follows decades of protest for women’s rights in the North African country.

The “Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women” is the first of its kind in Tunisia. The country had no prior legislation on the topic of violence against women, according to Human Rights Watch, a global research and advocacy organization for human rights.

Collectively, Human Rights Watch and other groups that advocate for women’s rights in Tunisia have campaigned for laws that protect women from violence for decades.

The passage of this new law is a big step forward both for gender equality and protects the 47% of women who face violence in Tunisia, according to Human Rights Watch.

“Tunisia’s new law provides women with the measures necessary to seek protection from acts of violence by their husbands, relatives, and others,” Amna Guellali, Tunisia office director at Human Rights Watch said.

The law criminalizes sexual harassment, domestic violence, and any physical, moral, sexual, or economic aggression toward women that has a damaging effect or causes suffering to women.

It also requires the government to provide domestic violence survivors with legal, medical, and mental health support, Deutsche Welle reports.

“All of this represents a revolution in the legal system and also a revolution in the mentality because usually the violence against women that takes place inside the house is considered something private and something for the family to deal with,” Guellali said.

Meghan Werft Meghan is an Editorial Coordinator at Global Citizen. She studied International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound before moving to New York. She is a firm believer that education and awareness on interconnected global issues has the power to create a more sustainable, equal world where poverty does not exist.

Comments
No. 1-2
jean
jean

Editor

@xiaowen518 Yes! Especially in a country where 47% of women face violence!!!

xiaowen518
xiaowen518

Amazing and Well done People

Stories