Akouda is a small town located on the central-eastern Tunisian coast. It has about 39,000 inhabitants.
Administratively it belongs to the Governorate of Sousse, which is an important port and commercial centre in the area. Over the years, the agricultural activity in this area has declined. In its place people are now working in the tourism sector or in fishing. Sousse is also home to a university, which offers employment to the local population and a higher education to many young people.
Since 2008, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Akouda.
According to data from the Ministry of Family, Women, Children and Seniors, between January and June 2021 10,823 women were subjected to physical violence, 6,079 to verbal violence, 725 to sexual violence. The estimated number of unknown cases is much higher as many victims may be too scared to report their abuse.
While the Tunisian Parliament has passed laws with the goal of combating violence against women, there is still a way to go before they are enforced throughout the country.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of corruption. A score of zero means a country is highly corrupt whereas 100 means a country clear of corruption. Tunisia scored 44 in 2021. This highlights a stagnation in anti-corruption policies, as there has been no significant improvement over the past years.
Tunisia has become an unfortunate example that illustrates how easily hard-earn democratic gains do not always lead to political or economic stability.