Few women on Tunisian parliamentary poll lists

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Few women on Tunisian parliamentary poll lists

Tunisia, despite being the most advanced Arab nation in terms of women's rights, is still fare from adhering fully to the principles enshrined in the January 2014 Constitution and from abiding by the ratification of international treaties in daily life. Though 47% of candidates for Tunisia's parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday are women, only 12% of them are on top of the electoral lists of candidates. This is a slight improvement on the previous elections, when the figure was 7%, but still shows a lack of equal opportunities for women. A conference was held on Thursday by top female candidates to support greater participation by women in Tunisia's political life. Hajer Habchi, coordinator of a project to foster women's roles in political parties and unions, noted an awareness campaign was launched in September with the cooperation of the European Union that provides for a 7-million-euro aid program.

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