Presenting CEDAW related materials in the national women day


Diego Zorrilla, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Tunisia, during the event dedicated to CEDAW on National Women's Day. 13 August 2017

The National Women's Day, celebrated on August 13 each year in Tunisia, reaffirms the importance of women's rights. In order to mark this event, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), organized at “El Teatro” in Tunis an event to launch their "Guide to the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)”.

This event saw the participation of the CEDAW ambassadors in Tunisia; namely Meryam Belkhadi (TV journalist), Emna Louzyr (Poet) and Oussama Bouagila (civil society activist) as well as Hafidha Chekir, the main editor of the guide.

Participants, opinion leaders and media representatives, received a toolkit with 5 communication materials on CEDAW:

  • - A pedagogical guide which traces the history of the CEDAW and presents its founding principles, the rights defended by this Convention and the obligations arising from its ratification by Tunisia as well as the existing mechanisms to monitor its implementation
  • - A brochure presenting in a simple way and in Tunisian dialect the rights defended by the CEDAW,
  • - A brochure on the frequently asked questions about CEDAW with answers,
  • - A brochure presenting the current situation in Tunisia in terms of gender equality for each right defended in CEDAW.

The objective of this toolkit is to provide the civil society actors with the needed knowledge for their advocacy work and to better understand the Convention as ratified by Tunisia on 20 September 1985.

A tour will be organized in different regions of the country to present and make these materials available to local civil society organizations working on human rights in general and women's rights in particular.

A systematic effort has been made to put this Convention into the Tunisian context, and in particular, to recall the existing legal provisions related thereto, whether they are in conformity with the Convention or require reform, in accordance with Article 20 of the Tunisian Constitution.


Technical assistance in
resource mobilization for
Tunisia Country office.


On 30 and 31 May 2017, Mrs Sherin Saadallah, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Adviser at ASRO, visited Tunisia upon the invitation of the country office. Mrs. Sherin mission was to provide targeted technical assistance to strengthen the Office's expertise in resource mobilization and partnerships.

During two days, Ms SaadAllah presented the strategic framework related to resource mobilization with UNFPA along with examples of best practices to work by.

She also presented and discussed with the office team the appropriate methodology to draft concept notes and resource mobilization materials (contractual modalities with donors, upgrade of the donor database). Mrs. SaadAllah has also focused on the modalities of strengthening partnerships with donors.