This report presents the results of a four year initiative to develop and implement an online Observatory of domestic court decisions in women’s rights cases in Tunisia, https://www.marsadnissa.tn.
Through the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Algiers and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tunis, MRA Mobilising for Rights Associates designed this initiative with the goal of expanding access to justice for women in Tunisia through the creation of a participatory, practical tool for research, monitoring and advocacy on women’s rights in local courts.
This Tunisia Observatory built on previous experiences developing and implementing a similar on-line database of local court decisions on women’s rights in Morocco, at http://marsadnissa.ma/
Specifically, this initiative aimed to encourage the application by courts of international human rights standards and new constitutional provisions on women’s rights; to facilitate the exchange of information and strategies among legal and justice sector professionals, local associations and other stakeholders; and to create public expectations of transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the justice system’s treatment of women’s rights cases.
The Tunisian online Observatory is the result of collective, community-based efforts, involving a wide range of participants, including activists, non-governmental organizations, lawyers, academics, and public actors in various urban and rural regions across Tunisia.
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.