TUNISIA – Perceptions, needs and level of knowledge of human rights and civil rights: results of a survey among young people aged 18-29, August 2019
Tunis, November 2015
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we present the preliminary results of this survey, in which young women show a greater awareness and perception than young men.
Human rights in the Constitution
- 42% of respondents say they “don’t know at all” what the contents of the 2014 Tunisian Constitution are.
- Among those who claimed to know the meaning of the term “human rights”, a large majority (82%) considered that the rights recognised in the Constitution are not effectively respected in society.
- The young women (84%) perceived this gap between what is on paper and in practice in society slightly more than the young men (80%).
Young women are more aware of gender injustices and inequalities
- 95% of the young women know that the principle of equality between men and women is guaranteed in the constitution, compared to 77% of the young men.
- 60% of respondents believe that there is patriarchal domination that affects the relationship between young men and women. This proportion is 64% among the young women.
- When it comes to violence against women, 87% of the young women know about the organic law to prevent violence against women, and 75% of the young men.
- 91% of the young women are aware of the circular sanctioning sexual harassment, while for young men this rate is 85%.
The main obstacles to freedom
- 40% believed that financial and administrative corruption are the main obstacle to freedom.
- Unemployment (25%) and lack of education (24%) were most often perceived as threats to freedom.
- On issues concerning women and culture, some 58% thought that the rights of women and young people were not accurately represented in Tunisian culture.
FULL TEXT en français: RAWSA Network ; PHOTO by AFP in: MiddleEast Eye, 12 February 2015