HI works in Tunisia to make schools, work places, public buildings and public services inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. HI supports local disabled people’s organisations, building their capacity to defend their rights and interests.
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In 2008, Tunisia ratified the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, there is a lack of consideration of disability issues when formulating public policies. HI is conducting research to understand the prevalence of disability in Tunisia as well as social participation current access to services for people with disabilities.
HI’s economic integration projects aim to create better employment opportunities for people with disabilities, particularly in developing and environmentally friendly sectors.
The organisation also aims to improve access to education for children and young people with disabilities by working with parents, schools and local authorities to raise awareness and share best practice.
Situation of the country
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. However, participation and representation of people with disabilities remains low. Supporting initiatives that encourage the full participation of people with disabilities in society is essential. For this reason HI is focusing its efforts on building the knowledge and capacities of disabled people's organisations.