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Chahed: full gender equality has not been achieved yet

Published the:  08/08/2019

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(TAP)- "Increasing women's access to decision-making positions calls for implementing laws and initiating concrete measures," said Prime Minister Youssef Chahed at the opening Thursday of a national conference in Tunis on "Women in Political Decision-making Positions."

Full gender equality has not been achieved yet and women's presence in decision-making positions remains below expectations, Chahed added.

He stressed that the issue of gender equality is a shared responsibility, he said, noting the need to appoint women as governors, delegates and others.

Chahed announced a set of measures for women, including the right to declare the birth of their children, the amendment of the law No. 3 of August 1, 1957 on the civil status and the right to free vaccination against cervical cancer for 700,000 girls aged between 12 and 14 years.

Mammography will be made free to women aged 40 and over, who are affiliated within the social security system, he announced.

The Prime Minister also announced that 10 million dinars will be paid to the Tunisian Solidarity Bank to purchase transport vehicles for female farmhands.

More than one thousand women in various professional sectors and MPs took part in this conference, as well as Minister of Women, Family, Children and Elderly Affairs Neziha Laabidi, Minister of employment and Vocational Training Saida Ounissi and Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Samir Bettaieb