Women for change 2015: Khedija El Madani/Tunisia

As a lawyer and consultant / researcher, Khedija has dedicated her career to campaigning for women’s rights. She took part in setting up the Alliance of Women Legal Practitioners. As a consultant and specialist in family law and gender violence, she has taken part in several studies on a national and international level. She is also taking part in the development of a national strategy for preventing violence toward women in the community and within their families. With a Masters in Islamic Sharia law, she is involved in campaigns against the types of discrimination which have accompanied the rise of Islamic fundamentalists in Tunisia. In 2011, she set up AVEC with the aim of offering women better social prospects.

Photo credit: Mohamed Krit

Her project
With the "Sentinels for equal opportunities" project, Khedija would like to set up a database documenting gender inequalities and discrimination in Tunisia.

The objectives of her project
Setting up this database to provide a record of gender discrimination in the country will take place in advance of a major exploratory survey which will cover the country’s 24 governorates. A "sentinels" network organized by AVEC and other partner organizations will be set up to monitor discriminatory actions and practices towards women and intervene, if necessary. With this study, Khedija’s organization hopes to raise public awareness and put pressure on decision-makers.

The organization
AVEC - the Association for Vigilance and Equal Opportunities

Throughout Tunisia



Women for change, Orange Foundation award

These five women who are committed to helping the women of their country are all truly exceptional. The candidates are all from the Mediterranean region.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project (€25,000.).

The results of the vote will be announced at the Women’s Forum on October 16th at 11:00am (CET).

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