Tunisia is among the few Arab countries that has recently implemented significant changes in the constitutional, legislative and policy framework, to facilitate and promote gender equality and eliminate gender-based discrimination. Yet, encouraging as this may seem, there is a substantial discrepancy between what is law and what is practised, both in public and private life, resulting from strong and persistent traditional norms.
UNU-MERIT, in collaboration with the University of Passau and the University of Tunis, conducted a large-scale survey in rural, semi-urban and urban Tunisia to map levels of empowerment among women and young people between the age of 18 and 30. The overall objective of this project was to provide new measurement tools and data to policymakers and organisations to better design, target, monitor and evaluate initiatives aiming to empower women and young people across Tunisia.
The project is funded through Taqeem (meaning “evaluation” in Arabic), which is a partnership between the ILO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as part of an IFAD-financed project titled “Strengthening gender monitoring and evaluation in rural employment in the Near East and North Africa”.