Subject: Urgent call for the adoption of a feminist policy in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic
Mr. Prime Minister,
We are honored to share with you the collective declaration on adopting a feminist policy to fight the COVID-19 epidemic developed by the Feminists Alliance for Rights (FAR) signed by Tunisian feminist associations and nearly 1,160 activists, activists, networks and women's organizations around the world. This declaration launched by women from southern countries and marginalized northern communities aims to adopt a feminist policy to combat the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic in all areas related to food security, health care, education, social and economic inequalities and violence against women.
The most important recommendations from this statement are listed below:
- Prioritize the needs of people in vulnerable situations, including women, children, the elderly, the LGBTQI ++ community, people with disabilities, people with health problems, people living in rural areas, the homeless shelter, refugees, migrants, stateless persons ...
- Provide necessary social and financial support to all vulnerable groups, namely the elderly, the disabled and the unemployed to enable them to meet their basic needs and facilitate procedures for them to fulfill their needs. financial obligations during this time of crisis.
- Ensure food security in all poor and rural regions and areas where women do not have sufficient purchasing power and do not have access to city centers where major markets are located. This can be done by providing food subsidies, in particular of non-perishable foodstuffs, and by expanding the scope of distribution to thus include groups that have become vulnerable as a result of the pandemic.
- Solve sanitation problems in rural and remote areas and ensure women's access to water in these same areas.
- Prepare revision programs for pupils and students to keep them up to date in their schooling despite the interruption of classes and involve their parents in this process. The programs must be available on communication media accessible to all and guaranteeing equal opportunities.
- Convey COVID-19 related information in plain language by launching awareness campaigns that take into consideration the needs of all social groups, including people with disabilities and the elderly. Information must be available on all means of communication (audio-visual).
- Support and facilitate the working procedures of civil society during this crisis.
- Establish guidelines based on human rights principles to limit the spread of COVID19 in prisons and refugee camps, places conducive to the transmission of the virus.
- Women are at the forefront of the health and social sector. Indeed, they represent 70% of employees in the health and social sector. In addition, their physical and psychological health is affected by the burden of domestic burdens placed on them. In addition, the rate of domestic violence against women by their partners has increased given the circumstances created by COVID-19. Therefore, stakeholders should:
- Ensure that health care providers and frontline health professionals have access to the necessary equipment and adequate training to ensure their protection.
- Provide quality health services for all social groups without discrimination, especially for the LGBTQI ++ community.
- Ensure that women have the necessary sexual and reproductive health services such as contraceptives and safe abortions.
- Train medical staff, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists to know the effects and signs of domestic violence. In addition, provide them with the appropriate resources and services so that they can receive, care for and guide victims.
- Set up shelters for women and children victims of violence.
- Guarantee the rights of women (rural women, workers in factories and food stores) who work during this period of confinement in order to provide citizens with essential food. In addition, allow these women to work in good conditions and in safety.
- Include gender experts in health crisis management committees, which will ensure the adoption of a feminist approach that is sensitive to women's needs and defends their rights Include gender experts in health crisis management committees, which will ensure the adoption of a feminist approach sensitive to the needs of women and defending their rights.
In this context, we call on the government to urgently adopt a comprehensive feminist policy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with international standards and human rights principles, in particular the principle of equality and non-discrimination between women and men and all groups in society.
Bochra bel haj hmida
The signatory organizations and associations:
AFTURD, Association of Tunisian Women for Development Research
ADD, Association for the promotion of the right to be different
ADLI, Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Freedoms
AFC, Association for Women and Citizenship
ASDC, Solidarity Association for Development and Communication Douz
Atl mst SIDA section Tunis
ATP +, Tunisian Association for Positive Prevention
ATSR, Tunisian Association for Reproductive Health
Eve's voice association
CAWTAR, Arab Women's Center for Training and Research
CILG VNG, CILG International Development Center for Innovative Local Governance
Free Sight Association
FTDES, Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights
Tawhida Ben Cheikh Group
Mawjoudin We Exist
LET The League of Tunisian Voters
LTDH Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights
OTDDPH Tunisian Organization for the Defense of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Oxfam in Tunisia
No peace without justice
Wednesday, April 8, 2020