Tunisia to criminalize violence against women

By Mohamed Obeid, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Tunisian government will begin drafting a law criminalizing violence against women, a Tunisian official said Wednesday.

The Tunisian government will begin drafting a law criminalizing violence against women, a Tunisian official said Wednesday.

TUNIS – The Tunisian government will begin drafting a law criminalizing violence against women, a Tunisian official said Wednesday.

"The Ministry of Sports, Youth and Women will work on drafting legislation which aims at combatting all forms of violence and discrimination against women on social, political and economic fronts," Assistant Minister Nailah Bint Shaaban told members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA).

Shaaban's announcement comes on Tunisia's annual women's day, celebrated on August 13 of every year since 1956.

Shaaban said that the legislation is "highly necessary" as latest government reports show that 31 percent of Tunisian women said they have been subjected to physical abuse and 28 percent said they suffered psychological abuse.

For his part, Tunisian Justice Minister Hafiz Bin Salih said that over 354 sexual offenses against women have been documented in 2012-2013, including 100 cases of rape.

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