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As part of the project Improving the integration of gender mainstreaming in local public policies in the cities of Beja and Medenine, the Tunisian NGO Aswat Nissa in partnership with Cities Alliance and Heinrich-Böll Stiftung conducted a gender-responsive budget analysis in the two municipalities of Beja and Medenine.
The specific needs of women living in the two cities were compared with the budget and households decisions of the local administrations. This allowed a detailed understanding of the extent to which gender inequalities exist in the two cities, and also highlighted the policy domains where gender inequalities are greatest.
This analytical work called on the local authorities to introduce methods of integrating a gender perspective in annual budgets, as well as for the establishment of consultation mechanisms with civil society organizations in order to benefit from their expertise in the matter.
To conclude the project, a national conference took place in Tunis on 12 November. The discussions showcased the results of the research in Medenine and the role of gender-sensitive public policies in fighting political violence. The event marked the starting point of a national debate on the role of local administrations in reducing gender inequalities in Tunisia.