Today, women and the whole Tunisian people, as well as civil and democratic society, celebrate Women’s Day in an unstable health and political situation. On this 64th anniversary of the Personal Status Code, the health situation in Tunisia continues to deteriorate with regard to sexual and reproductive rights, and in particular access to contraception and abortion.
Since 22 March, there has been a strict lockdown for everyone in Tunisia. On the morning of the 3rd of May, an official decree announced that the lockdown would be partially lifted, but that certain groups had to remain isolated at home, including those aged 65 and over, those with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 15. There was a public outcry, calling the decree patriarchal and unacceptable. A … Continued
These recommendations, comprising one page and listing a wide range of essential health care services, were published by the Ministry of Health of Tunisia on 24 April 2020, co-signed by the WHO and UNFPA Tunisian country offices. The list includes “access to contraception, including emergency contraception, and abortion, including medical abortion”. It was developed in response to the petition “Urgent Call to the Public Authorities to Ensure the Continuity of Access to Services for Sexual and Reproductive Health”, … Continued
Droit et accès des femmes à l’avortement medicalisé au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord (RAWSA MENA) Renforcement des capacités et stratégie régionale de plaidoyer en matière d’avortement médicalisé: Un meeting pour lancer le réseau régional RAWSA MENA Hotel Le Palace, Gammarth-Tunis, Tunisia, 15-16 April 2019 Les 15 et 16 avril 2019, le Groupe Tawhida ben Cheikh, en Tunisie, a réuni 17 représentants d’ONG de huit pays du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique du Nord (MENA) pour … Continued
Despite Tunisia’s historically progressive reproductive health policies, Tunisian women now face significant challenges accessing legal abortion. Through in-depth interviews with providers at six facilities, we explored factors influencing provider attitudes about abortion and provider perspectives about abortion morality, safety, and legality. We found that gatekeepers (counsellors and front office staff) generally believed abortion was immoral, while obstetricians and gynecologists were more likely to support an individual’s right to access abortion.