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Handicap International works in Tunisia to make public buildings and services accessible, while at the same time creating structured disabled people’s organisations and training them in advocacy skills.

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Handicap International works in Tunisia to make public buildings and services accessible, while at the same time creating structured disabled people’s organisations and training them in advocacy skills.
Handicap International works in Tunisia to make public buildings and services accessible, while at the same time creating structured disabled people’s organisations and training them in advocacy skills.

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In 2008, Tunisia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, there is a glaring lack of consideration of disability issues when formulating public policies. The number of disabled people’s organisations has grown considerably since the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 and Handicap International supports their efforts to advance the rights of people with disabilities. The organisation is coordinating the creation of a group able to effectively represent the interests of people with disabilities and propose changes to legislation that will encourage their inclusion (at school, in the workplace, in society etc.). 

Handicap International also runs specific projects in the areas of inclusive employment and education.

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Background

Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia has been transitioning towards democracy. Disabled people’s organisations are seeking to build their capacity and ensure their voice is heard.

Before the Arab Spring revolution in 2011, Tunisia had been ruled by President Ben Ali for 23 years. The cause of people with disabilities was then used for political purposes rather than defended truthfully.

In the wake of the first free elections for decades and reforms to legislation on political parties and associations, a spirit of freedom has swept over Tunisian society. Community life is genuinely flourishing. Supporting these initiatives is essential in order to encourage the full participation of people with disabilities in society. For this reason Handicap International is focusing its efforts on building the knowledge and capacities of disabled people's organisations.

Key Figures Tunisia - Handicap International
Key Figures Tunisia - Handicap International
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Partners

  • Self-reliance and social inclusion: fostering greater consideration
    of people with disabilities in local development efforts.

    • Douz General Association of People with Motor Disabilities
    • Tunisian Aid Union for People with Learning Difficulties from Gabes

    Professional inclusion

    • Tunisian Employment and Self-Employment Agency (ANETI)
    • Ministries of Social Affairs – General Department for the Enhancement of Social Wellbeing (DGPS).
    • Federation of Tunisian Associations working in the Disability Field (FATH).
    • Tunisian General Work Union (UGTT).
    • Enda inter-arabe (microfinance institution)
    • Tunisian Professional Training Agency (ATFP).
    • Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Companies (CONECT).

    Increasing the socio-economic and political inclusion of people with disabilities
    Regional project run in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

    • Tunisian Organisation for the Defence of the Rights of People with Disabilities (OTDDPH)

    Inclusive education and inclusive local development
    Regional project run in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

    • Federation of Tunisian Associations working in the Disability Field (FATH)
    • Tunisian Organisation for the Defence of the Rights of People with Disabilities (OTDDPH)