Country / Region profile of: Tunisia

Tunisian women have often been leading advocates of peace, justice, and equality for women in the MENA region, which came to the forefront during the 2011 "Arab Spring." Tunisian women were critically important in the 2011 elections that brought together a coalition government that pushed back against extremism and a move toward greater gender equality in the new constitution. Due to ongoing conflict at the Tunisia-Libya border, small arms trafficking that get into the hands of extremists disproportionately affect women. Tunisia was rated 117 out of 144 countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index. Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985, and fully withdrew all its reservations to the protocol in 2014. Tunisia voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, but has not yet signed or ratified it. Tunisia spent $836 million on military spending in 2017. Women in Tunisia are often referred to as role models for the rest of the MENA region, but as Tunisian women suggest there is still much to be done following the 2011 Tunisian Revolution. Tunisia is pressing ahead with ambitious proposals to reform the country’s laws on marriage and inheritance, despite widespread resistance from inside and outside the predominately Muslim country. The law on violence against women, including domestic violence, was approved by the Tunisian parliament on July 26, 2017

"TIME Magazine says that the person of the year is the protestor, but the person of the year is, if we think about the first protestors, it was a woman." - Amira Yahyaoui


$ 836,000,000
Military expenditure
Tunisia spends USD$836,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Nutritional supplements for babies
This amount could provide nutritional supplements to two million babies including girls for nine years
NAP 1325
Tunisia does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments