Salon politique des femmes
Fourth Edition of the Women in Politics Conference : Women and Climate Change Resilience – December 9th 2016
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.
Third Edition of the Women in Politics Conference – September 23rd 2016
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.
Second Edition of the Women in Politics Conference – May 22nd 2015
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.
Leila Belkhiria Jaber
Leila Belkhiria Jaber is the president and CEO of NETWAY BSB, a company specialized in the integration and the optimisation of computer security processes and solutions. She is also the co-founder and executive director of STELFAIR Tunisia. She is an activist on the question of women’s rights, notably as a member of the National Chamber of CEO Women since 1999, and as Vice-President of the organization since February 2012.
Zakia Khattabi is co-president of the Ecolo Party and a Belgium federal deputy. She first ran in the regional elections in 2009 where she was elected and named Community Senator and Group Leader in the Senate. She has always been a very active member of the civil society, notably involved in youth support organizations, in the fight for a greater social solidarity, and in the fight for women’s rights.
Radhia Ben Haj Zekri
Radhia Ben Haj Zekri is the former president and founding member of the Association des Femmes Tunisiennes pour la Recherche et le Développement (AFTURD). She was vice-president of the Bardo branch of the Ligue tunisienne de Défense des Droits de l’Homme and Board member of the Euromed platform. Since 2011, she has been involved in the Haute Instance de la réalisation des objectifs de la réforme politique et de la transition démocratique.
First Women in Politics Conference – January 16th 2015
More than 90 women involved in Tunisian politics attended the conference. This event was an opportunity for participants to voice and exchange on various political issues. Many foreign women politicians also shared testimonies of their experience as political leaders in their own country.