UN Women applauds the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015

Today as the evidence grows that inclusive peace processes are likelier to end in sustainable peace, UN Women applauds the decision of the Nobel Peace Committee to honour the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize is an important acknowledgement of the vital contribution of civil society in promoting reconciliation and human rights at a decisive moment in Tunisia's democratic transition. The prize speaks to the achievements of all civil society forces in Tunisia, including the vibrant women's movement, which continues to work tirelessly to safeguard the gains of the Arab Spring and realize justice and reconciliation through active engagement in civic life.

In particular, UN Women welcomes the remarkable strides in Tunisia's democratic transition, including the adoption of the Constitution in 2014 that enshrines gender equality, and the inclusion of women's rights in transitional justice processes. These achievements were due in large part to the extensive consultations with civil society including women from diverse backgrounds and segments of Tunisian society.

At this critical moment in Tunisia's democracy, the Nobel Peace Prize is a call for the continued leadership of civil society and active participation of women in the realization of an inclusive democracy and sustainable peace for all.