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Campaign in favour of Parity in Municipal Elections in Tunisia

03.02.2017 / Created by (EMWF)

In 2016, several associations of Tunisian civil society and a few regional and international organizations launched a campaign entitled "Complete Democracy in Municipal Elections" to demand vertical and horizontal parity, the representation of young people and persons with disabilities in the Basic Law No. 16 of 2014 dated May 26, 2014 on municipal elections.

The group presented a proposal document in which the gaps in the law concerning the principle of gender equality were mentioned, underlining that parity should be horizontal and vertical, with the need to respect the representation of young people and people with disabilities. The group considered that the current form of the law does not guarantee total equality between women and men and does not guarantee the representation of young people and the rights of persons with disabilities.

The group held various meetings with parliamentarians, political party representatives, civil forces and the media to adopt the proposed legislative amendments, support this initiative and ensure the representation of women, youth and persons with disabilities in the electoral lists.

The group worked with all civil, progressive and democratic forces in the country to promote the adoption of laws and practices that guarantee the representation of all citizens without discrimination and considered this approach as part of democratic process rather than procedural issues.

A press conference was held on May 10, 2016.

Subsequently, on June 15, 2016, the Assembly of People’s Representatives announced the adoption of the amendment to Article 49 of the electoral law on parity by a large majority of votes. The horizontal and vertical parity on the lists of municipal elections was thus adopted, which symbolizes a great victory for the 2nd republic. 

This practice was identified by the "Chemin de la Dignité" (Path of Dignity) Association as part of the project "Strengthening the capacity of Equality actors", funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


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