Tunisian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Moncef Boukatheer, confirmed that the percentage of women researchers in Tunisia represents 55% of the total number of researchers in all sectors in the country.
In a speech during an event organizing a special study day for distinguished research nominated for the Best Women’s Scientific Research Award on adapting to climate change and confronting water scarcity, organized by the Ministry of Family, Women and Childhood, Bukathir said that the percentage of female researchers in the research centers affiliated with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research reaches 66%. This is a higher percentage than what some developed countries record in the technological field.
He pointed out that female students represent about 70% of university graduates, and that female students dominate doctoral seats compared to male students, noting that the number of female students in subjects such as social sciences and law far exceeds the number of male students…according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Higher Education.
He pointed out that the presence of women in teaching and scientific research has recorded a significant development, as women represent 50% of the teaching staff, stressing that equal opportunities are the most important principles on which the higher education and scientific research system is based.
For her part, Tunisian Minister of Family, Women, Children and the Elderly, Amal Belhaj Moussa, stressed that the time has come to enhance the benefit of the productions of Tunisian women researchers and support their position in the paths of implementing the sustainable development goals.
She added that Tunisian female researchers have penetrated various scientific specializations and occupied an active position in the field of scientific research, and ranked first according to the classification issued by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the year 2020 on the list of pioneering African and Arab women in the field of scientific research.