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These policy briefs are part of the study carried out within the "Improving the gender-mainstreaming within local public policies" project in the cities of Béja and Médenine, led by the Aswat Nissa in partnership with Cities Alliance and Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, which aims to reduce gender inequalities in a Tunisian context marked by decentralization of powers.
The research carried out is based on two field surveys (see the full surveys here):
1. A first quantitative survey to identify the gender needs of the population
2. A second qualitative survey aimed at assessing the degree of gender mainstreaming in local policies.
Following the surveys, the policy briefs have been written focusing on Béja and Médenine, and they include, among others, recommendations to strengthen gender mainstreaming in the community planning process and to combat all forms of discrimination and violence that vulnerable populations and especially women in the commune may experience.
As a continuation of this project, Aswat Nissa will carry out training sessions addressing subjects such as political communication as well as the new Tunisian law 58 and the role of local authorities in preventing violence against women and girls. A national training of local municipal actors on gender sensitive budgeting will round up this series of capacity building activities.