In partnership with Kvinna till Kvinna and GIZ Tunisia, Aswat Nissa organized on December 9th 2016 the fourth edition of its Women in Politics Conference (which followed the COP 22). His Excellency the Swedish Ambassador of Tunisia opened the conference. Three experts on the topic of gender and environment were invited to discuss the role of Tunisian women in the promotion of resilience in the face of climate change. As part of the post-Cop 22 discussion, the conference called for better taking into account gender equality within policies against climate change and policies for sustainable development. Moreover, the conference highlighted the core role of women as key actors in the fight against climate change, and raised awareness amongst governmental actors, the difference political parties and members of the civil society on this issue.
The theme of the third edition of the Women in Politics Conference was “The personal is political”. The goal of the conference was to promote the acceptance of female political participation by highlighting the need for female leaders in Tunisian politics. More than a hundred women attended the conference and engaged in the conversation. The conference fostered crucial discussions between public and political figures whom have occupied various positions of leadership. Clips of the popular TV show “Madam President” were used to spark discussions on this theme.
During the second edition of the Women in Politics Conference, women participants had the chance to meet and discuss with three women politicians leading impressive political careers, namely Zakia Khattabi, Leila Belkhiria Jaber, and Radhia Ben Haj Zekri. Many MPs and candidates to the upcoming municipal elections were also in attendance.
Seven women candidates of the 2014-2015 cohort of the Women’s Political Academy were also honored for their dedication and motivation throughout the trainings, the territorial diagnosis, the local assemblies, and the conferences. These women succeeded in creating a close relationship with their local communities and quickly learnt the required skills for a successful political career. These women are role models that will allow women to occupy their rightful place in society.