The Observatory of Gender Equal Opportunities

Historical overview 1993-2011:

The CREDIF has established an observatory on women’s condition in 1993, so as to work primarily on analyzing the quantitative indicators focussing on 5 areas, most significantly:

  • Population
  • Education and Training
  • Economic Activities and Employment
  • Health
  • Public and Political Life

The database “Bchira Ben Mrad” uses specialized software that ensures statistical calculations and formulates updated charts, graphs and tables.

The observatory’s reports focused on subject-matters relating to Tunisian women. These reports are using database outputs.

As part of its mission, the observatory publishes statistical bulletins using data and statistics produced by the various institutions and ministries on topics such as population, education and training, economic activities and employment, health and public and political life.

The Observatory also works to collect the information obtained from these sources in order to keep an updated database.

However, although the observatory collects this data on gender, it does more than merely replicate what other institutions produce.  It also creates thorough reports based on the data it has gathered, identifies methodological inconsistencies and gaps in the data, desegregates the data gathered according to gender, performs field research to gather necessary data, and makes recommendations for decision-makers and implements its own action plans when possible.

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This observatory, after the Tunisian revolution, was named The Observatory of Gender Equal Opportunities, so as to re-structure this instrument and re-launch the statistical databases and enrich this mechanism by new databases based on quantitative and qualitative indicators in order to monitor gaps between women and men in several prior areas in Tunisia.

Led by a scientific and hermetic committee comprising competencies, experts and academics from various disciplines, the work began towards reviving the observatory, in order to ensure openness to the approaches of quality, including legal and modern curriculum of monitoring, while striving to produce specific indicators and monitor the situation of different groups of women at the regional and local levels.

Inspiration was drawn from some international and regional experiences, such as France, Denmark , Spain and Latin America , presented at the first international forum organized by the Observatory after the Tunisian revolution, under the theme " Gender Observatories : approaches and positioning” on July 2013 , with the support of the UNFPA.

Openness to civil society as the subject of monitoring and as a partner to devote the principle of equal opportunities between the sexes


The process of strategic thinking in the revival of the observatory and its re-struction did not represent a barrier at the progress in the completion of an ambitious project with the support of the UNFPA, to found the first quality database on " associations of equal opportunities between the sexes in Tunisia," based on a field research touching a part of the Tunisian associative scene after the revolution (about 540 associations from different governorates ) to see its contribution to whether or not to reduce the gap between the sexes in various areas : human rights , civil, cultural , social and sports . An analytical report was issued together with a CD including a directory of associations that have been adopted as a final sample in this field work.

“Who is she?”  In Tunisia: a New Enrichment to Qualitative Databases

The observatory was launched in 2013, in order to set up a database of qualified Tunisian women with the support of the Danish Centre for Gender Equality and Diversity (KVINFO) who had set up similar databases in the Middle East: Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan. A regional training workshop was organized from 12 to 14 June 2013 to strengthen the technical skills, tap the expertise from the past experiences and put forward the concepts of efficiency, experience and methodological challenges at the edge of the completion of the various stages of this project, which is accompanied by a scientific committee of national competencies.

Prospects


In order to revive the statistical database "Bchira Ben Mrad," and in support of the opening of the observatory on the network of counterparts from national institutions producing statistics and in order to formulate a number of indicators of privacy, the Observatory intends to launch the project on "supporting the Statistical Activities of the Observatory " in cooperation with KVINFO, from 2014 until 2016.

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