COVID 19: Crisis action plan for women entrepreneurs in Tunisia

The National Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs (CNFCE) of Tunisia, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) through its project "Decent Work for Women in Egypt and Tunisia" (DWW), have devised a plan of action to address the effects of COVID-19 .

News | 07 August 2020
On 6 August 2020, on the eve of the celebration the of Tunisian National Women's Day, the Chambre Nationale des Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises (CNFCE) held its first conference since the lockdown  to launch the results of the survey on the “Impact of COVID-19 on Women Entrepreneurs “ at UTICA headquarters. The conference was chaired by Mr. Samir Majoul, President of UTICA
This survey was conducted between May and June 2020 in an immediate response to COVID-19 spread, in the framework of the “Decent Work for Women in Egypt and Tunisia” project with full technical support from ACTEMP. It covered CNFCE members nationwide and collected 170 responses, of which almost 65% reported that their enterprises were affected by the crisis, mainly those working in the services and artisanal sectors. Of these 30% reported their incapacity to cover salaries, almost 45% reported the suspension of their economic activity, and almost 70% reported a decrease in their income.
The survey report cited a set of relief recommendations to these enterprises, the highlight of was the CNFCE’s announcement to create a “cellule d’ecoute,” i.e. a unit dedicated to provide coaching, legal and fiscal support to affected enterprises. The ILO is now working closely with the CNFCE to establish this Unit