Tunisia adopted its first National Action Plan (NAP) in 2018 for the period 2018-2022. The NAP is currently available only in Arabic. WILPF’s analysis of the NAP will be posted following an English translation.
Tunisia reported on the implementation of its NAP, as well as WPS commitments, in its national reporting for Beijing+25 and in preparation for CSW64 (2020). Specifically, the report stated that the NAP focuses on “empowering women and girls; promoting their participation in building sustainable peace and stability; contributing to the elimination of all forms of gender-based discrimination and working to immunize society against the dangers of conflict, extremism and terrorism” (p. 43).
Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956, after decades of colonial rule by the French empire. In 2010, Tunisia experienced a series of protests, which emanated from entrenched social and economic inequalities in the country, resulting in the beginning of the Arab Spring. Women played a key role in these protests as well as being pivotal in the development of the Tunisian National Action Plan.
In 2019, Tunisia was among the top 10 countries in the world with the biggest increase in their military expenditure, with a 23% increase in its military spending.
At the multilateral level, Tunisia is currently an elected member of the Security Council (2020-2021).