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Strengthening co-operation to improve women’s rights in the southern Mediterranean countries

Three years after the start of the Arab Spring, the Assembly has drawn a mixed picture about the situation of women in the southern Mediterranean countries: while Tunisia and Morocco have achieved significant progress in the field of women’s rights, Libya and Egypt are still mired in instability and are no further ahead; nor is Algeria, where progress is insufficient.

In a resolution adopted today, based on the report by Fatiha Saïdi (Belgium, SOC), PACE advises these countries to adopt a number of measures to improve women’s status. It calls on them in particular to implement the principle of equality enshrined in their constitutions, applying it especially to family and inheritance law, to promote the participation of women in public and political life and to combat violence against women.

The adopted text also recommends that civil society should be involved in framing policies likely to improve women’s status and that interparliamentary co-operation with the Council of Europe should be strengthened through the “Partner for democracy” status and co-operation under the South Programme.