Violence against women (VAW) is a pervasive problem in Algeria as elsewhere in the world. It affects all social classes and regions and occurs both inside the home and in the public sphere. Yet, the issue remains largely invisible due to social taboos and the lack of sufficient institutional response and support for women survivors of violence. This diagnosis is the result of an open dialogue with civil society actors, public institutions and authorities and the media. Taking the Wilaya of Oran as a case study, it reviews the existing legislation and institutional tools which aim to prevent VAW. It studies the obstacles and opportunities to combat VAW, including the lack of awareness and training of the stakeholders in charge of taking responsibility of victims, the legal and social constraints and the role of the media in spreading gender stereotypes which favor VAW.
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.