The Tunisian association Voix de la Femme à Jemmel – VFJ is launching a project within the framework of the pilot mobilization action o of gender equality actors at local level which it conducted as the leader of the local cluster of gender equality actors© (Cycle 1). This pilot action was realized in the governorates of Monastir and Sousse and allowed, through the elaboration of a diagnosis of the situation, to reflect on women’s participation in the political and public life, which is considered a priority issue at the local level.
In 2015, VJF gathered and mobilized different equality actors at the local level like, civil society organizations, media, corporative networks, local and regional authorities, political parties and syndicates to discuss on the obstacles of women’s participation in politics. The meetings and consultations resulted in a collectively designed-field project in order to improve women’s presence in the public spaces and encourage women to be candidates in the next municipal elections forecasted in 2017.
The project’s objective is to strengthen women’s capacities to have an active role in political life and to become leaders at local level. This will be possible through raising-awareness and training activities, advertising on the radio to alert the general public and promoting exchanges between longstanding women activists and the future female leaders.
This project follows the mission of the Foundation to encourage women’s empowerment. It is one of the fieldwork projects developed within the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacity of the actors working for equality" of the project “Women for the future in the Mediterranean”, funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and the project "Developing Women Empowerment" labeled by the Union for the Mediterranean.
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.