The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has responded favourably to Tunisia’s official request to be invited to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).
Fighting against violence towards women is part of the priorities of the Council of Europe Neighbourhood Partnership with Tunisia 2018-2021. It is also one of the core priorities of the South Programme, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the latter.
Over the past years, Tunisia has accomplished significant reforms in this area, namely through the adoption of Organic Law 2017-58 on the elimination of violence towards women.
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is the most far-reaching international treaty to tackle this serious violation of human rights. It aims at zero tolerance for such violence and is a major step forward in making Europe and beyond safer.