In Tunisia, HI has set itself the task of making schools, workplaces, services and public buildings accessible for people with disabilities. 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 carries out research to better understand the prevalence of disability and social participation for people with disabilities' access to different services in Tunisia.
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.
The organisation also aims to improve access to education for children and young people with disabilities. It therefore raises the awareness and trains parents, schools and local authorities on the theme of disability.
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.
Before the 2011 Arab Spring, Tunisia was governed by a Presidential regime embodied by Ben Ali. The cause of people with disabilities was instrumentalised for political purposes.
With free elections held for the first time in decades, legislative reform of political parties and associations, the wind of change blew through Tunisian society. However, the 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.