A new generation of women leaders is emerging in Tunisia. Following the adoption in 2016 of an amendment to the Tunisian electoral law that included a provision supporting gender parity among municipal councils, 47% of representatives elected in the 2018 local elections were women. However, discrimination against women is ongoing and often undermines their involvement in local politics.
The goal of this project is to ensure that citizens and elected officials have more influence over the management of local affairs in eight Tunisian municipalities. With technical support from Canadian municipal specialists, these municipalities will reinforce their ability to integrate the gender aspect into their day-to-day management practices. They will develop a better ability to provide women and the most vulnerable groups with inclusive and gender-specific services in partnership with civil society. This project will also provide support to various national institutions to create an environment that promotes the political involvement of women in the management of local affairs.
This initiative will span 40 months (2018 to 2022), and is implemented with the support of the Centre international de développement pour la gouvernance locale innovante (CILG-VNG International).