Despite many positive steps by Tunisia to promote gender equality and combat sexual and gender-based violence, the law fails to protect female survivors of violence. It allows rapists to dodge punishment if they marry their teenage victims. It fails to clearly define rape or recognize marital rape. It criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual relations and adultery, deterring survivors from speaking out for fear of prosecution. This report, which includes interviews with dozens of survivors, highlights how the blame culture and legal failings are particularly harmful in a country where sexual and gender-based violence remains prevalent. It also shows that survivors face inadequate support and numerous obstacles if they dare to seek justice.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.