In Tunisia, HI has set itself the task of making, workplaces, services and public buildings accessible for people with disabilities and ensures that people with disabilities are able to access employment opportunities fairly. In order to achieve this, it is structuring and training Disabled People's Organisations in advocacy to defend their rights and interests.
Sport and Disability Project in Tunisia | © A. Vincens de Tapol / HI
Tunisia ratified the International Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008. However, people with disabilities are still insufficiently taken into account when developing public policies.
HI's economic inclusion projects aim to create better employment opportunities for people with disabilities, in particular in sectors which are developing, and which are respectful of the environment.
HI also aims to improve living conditions for women with disabilities by protecting them from sexual violence, providing them with access to sexual and reproductive health care and increasing their participation in local government.
Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Tunisia has been making progress towards democracy. Disabled People's Organisations want to build their skills in order to make their voices heard.
In 2014, Tunisia established a government following the election of its first pluralist and democratic parliament. The government faces many challenges: social and economic crises, public expectations, strikes and social movements, security threats and the pervasive problem of corruption. Representation and participation of people with disabilities remains very poor, it is therefore important to support initiatives which encourage people with disabilities' participation in society. HI's work is therefore focused on building the knowledge and capacities of Disabled People's Organisations.