Tunisia passes landmark law to ‘end all violence’ against women
Tunisia’s parliament has approved a bill aimed at ending “all violence against women” in a move welcomed by rights groups.
The new law, which is expected to enter into force next year, defines violence against women as “any physical, moral, sexual or economic aggression” against women based on discrimination between the two sexes.
It includes the key elements of the definition of domestic violence recommended in the United Nations Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women.
“This law is a landmark test for women’s rights inTunisia,” said Amna Guellali, Tunisia office director for Human Rights Watch said on Thursday July 27,2017 “Tunisia has always been portrayed as one of the best countries for women’s rights in the region. With this law, it is keeping its position as a pioneer and a champion of women’s rights in the area.”