THU 9 - 7 - 2020
Dec 2, 2019
The Daily Star
Tunisians march against violence towards women
Agence France Presse
TUNIS: Several hundred mostly women protesters rallied in the Tunisian capital Saturday against violence targeting women, urging authorities to act to ensure their rights.
Demonstrators marched through the city centre, waving brooms to symbolise the sweeping away of violence against women.
The march was called for by some 50 local NGOs including the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD).
Some protesters beat on drums and others rapped on pans, chanting "Solidarity with women victims of violence!"
The march followed an incident in October in which a newly elected lawmaker was shown in a video that purported to show him masturbating outside a school.
MP Zouheir Makhlouf said he is diabetic and had been urinating into a bottle.
He walked free after being investigated for alleged sexual harassment and public indecency.
The video went viral and sparked Tunisia's own #MeToo movement, with sex abuse victims breaking taboos under the hashtag #EnaZeda.
It was inspired by the huge global movement that emerged in 2017 in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Demonstrators on Saturday carried posters bearing slogans such as "Equality between woman and man doesn't kill, violence kills".
"We want to see a real mobilisation by the authorities to end all forms of violence against women and to be firm with perpetrators of such violence," said protester Selma Bhar.
An awareness campaign about sexual harassment on public transport was launched in Tunisia at the end of October.
A law was enacted in July 2017 outlawing sexual harassment in public places and laying down a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a 3,000-dinar ($1,000) fine.
But despite this, few women in Tunisia file complaints after such crimes.
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment
Enter the security code below
Can't read this?
Tunisians emerge from lockdown into mosques and cafes
Tunisians protest over jobs amid economic downturn
Hundreds of Tunisians blocked by virus on Libya border crossing
Tunisian parliament debates new coalition with economy in focus
Tunisian president to call early poll if govt loses vote of confidence
Crime, excessive punishment in Tunisia
How President Béji Caid Essebsi Helped Build Tunisia's Democracy
Can Tunisia’s democracy survive the turmoil?
Tunisian politics between crisis and normalization
A community approach to militants’ rehab in Tunisia
Copyright 2020 . All rights reserved