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.
“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.
“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.