WHO WE ARE

"THE TUNISIAN ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC WOMEN (ATFD) IS A TUNISIAN NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT CAMPAIGNS TO SPREAD THE CULTURE OF GENDER EQUALITY AT ALL SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, CULTURAL, AND LEGAL LEVELS.

The association also advocates for the defense of women’s rights in its support for women victims of violence and discrimination. It also works to strengthen the capacities of women and youth.

ATFD advocates against the patriarchal system, against all forms of gender discrimination, and against all forms of violence against women. It also campaigns for the evolution and dissemination of a feminist, secular, and progressive discourse for a Tunisia in which dignity, freedoms, democracy, equality and social justice are respected.

In accordance with domestic and international instruments, declarations and conventions concerning human rights, and in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW/Copenhagen), the ATFD works towards:

In accordance with texts and declarations of human rights, international conventions and more particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Copenhagen), the ATFD works for:

  • The elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
  • Tthe defense of the gained rights (for women) and the evolution of the Tunisian legislations towards an effective equality between sexes.
  • The transformation of patriarchal mentalities.
  • The assumption of responsibility by women for their problems and the fight in solidarity for non-discriminatory solutions
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  • The participation of women in civil and political life.
  • The unrestricted recognition of women’s full citizenship.
  • the fight against all forms of violence against women.

Committees/Commissions

The members of ATFD participate in different committees to develop the programs of the association. These committees are open to interested and resourceful women:

Ad hoc committees: the Board of Directors and members may call for the creation of ad hoc committees (participating in national or international current affairs debates). The AFTD counts 3 sections located in Sfax, Sousse and Kairouan.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ATFD was founded by the autonomous women’s movement, which, since the 1970s, had materialised various forms and structures: the 1978 “Tahar Haddad” Club for the Study of the Condition of Women, 1982 UGTT Commission for the Study of the Condition of Women Workers, the 1983 “Nissa” magazine, and the 1984 LTDH Women’s Commission. This was then followed by the birth of the Association of Tunisian Women for Research and Development (AFTURD) in 1988 and finally ATFD in 1989.

This movement strived for:
Tthe rehabilitation of the women’s struggle since the 1930’s.
The recognition of the pioneering work of the Muslim Union of Tunisian Women (UMFT) and the Union of Tunisian Women (UFT)? and the revival of the celebration of the 8th of March (International Women’s Day), which had not been celebrated since the 1940’s.
The ATFD was created on 6 August 1989 (legal notice N° T-3690, JORT n°72 of 15 September 1989). In 2004,
The ATFD obtained Observer Status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
In 2004, ATFD obtained the Observer Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The History of ATFD

Our charter