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"Legal gains of Tunisian women remain to be effectively implemented" (PM)

Published the:  08/03/2019

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(TAP)- Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Friday that the decisions taken at the end of the cabinet meeting on Women, on the occasion of International Women's Day, are aimed at supporting women's legal gains and putting them into effect.

Chairing a national conference held in Gammarth on the theme "Female leadership and investment in intelligence for equal opportunities", Chahed said that "Tunisian women contribute 45% of household expenses and that 54% of microcredits are allocated to women, hence their predominant role in the family and the country's economic fabric.

He said that "Tunisian women have demonstrated throughout history that the achievements achieved are widely deserved", stressing that the legal arsenal reserved for the protection of women's rights in Tunisia, including the status of the Personal Code, the law against violence against women and the draft law on parity in inheritance, remains pending effective implementation.

The PM explained that after the decision taken on Friday by the cabinet meeting to launch the "Ihmini" (Protect Me) programme, 500,000 women working in the agricultural sector will benefit from social security coverage, in particular through the new measure allowing these women to contribute, by sending an SMS worth 600 to 700 millimes a day.

He called on all actors to pledge to popularise this system, which will be launched tomorrow Saturday and which would allow this category of women to benefit from social security coverage, receive a care card and obtain insurance making it possible to claim compensation for accidents at work.

For his part, Anwar Maarouf, Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, highlighted the need to achieve equal pay for men and women, indicating that the gender pay gap in the private sector is 24% in favour of men.

The work of the national conference continued on Friday through three workshops on the following themes: "New technologies and the provision of decent work opportunities", "One year after the entry into force of the law on violence against women" and "Women, security and peace: the challenges of the moment