Algeria has ratified international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and is adhered to the Convention on Migrant Workers and their Families.
Although a State that adheres or ratifies a Convention assumes the legally binding commitment of complying with the provisions established therein, the Algerian state continues to implement national laws with content contrary to that which these international covenants contain.
In general, citizens and civil society do not know the content of these conventions nor do they know that the international rules, covenants, and conventions, have supremacy over those that are national. Women are even more exposed to this ignorance, which worsens in the case of women with disabilities and migrant women who suffer from various types of discrimination.
This general ignorance of international mechanisms of human rights protection extends even to organizations that defend human rights and those who represent the groups that suffer discrimination, undermining their capacity for action: not knowing the protection the CEDAW or the CRPD provide, associations of women or people with disabilities cannot require the State to protect and ensure their rights, as Algeria agreed to do when it signed those pacts.
Therefore, the strategy of Alianza por la Solidaridad along with its partners in Algeria, aims to strengthen the work of associations defending the rights of women, especially migrant or disabled women, using the legal literacy to increase knowledge of associations and key organizations throughout Algeria and that their actions have a greater impact. The formations include international mechanisms to protect human rights (covenants, conventions, etc.), and management of advocacy tools and public awareness.
As an example, the Algerian state is obliged to present periodic reports to the Committees monitoring CEDAW, the CRDP and the Convention for the protection of migrant workers and members of their family. After the training, associations may monitor the contents of these reports and learn how to file an individual complaint to one of these human rights protection agencies of the United Nations.
States are responsible for ensuring their populations are given human rights, and civil society should monitor and require the State to exercise this role. As a result, it is useful to create a dialogue with the public institutions responsible for ensuring these rights. In the Algerian case, the spaces of encounter and dialogue between authorities and civil society organizations do not exist or are unstructured, thus the latter lose an opportunity to put the tools learned into practice and impact results.
Therefore, another line of work involved opening those spaces for consultation and dialogue with public authoritieswith the aim of implementing joint plans to promote the human rights of women, especially those of migrant women and women with disabilities. As a basis for this joint work, studies to gather information that is truthful and on the real situation of women with disabilities and migrant women in Algeria are underway.
So that the information on the rights of women and the ways in which to demand that respect can also reach Algerian nationality, four traveling caravans that traverse the country will be organizing awareness activities in cities and towns through which they pass.
In total, almost 100,000 euros will be invested in the various activities undertaken in Algiers, Oran, Annaba, Loued Tiaret, Befaia, Tebessa, Bilda, Tlecem and Tizi Ouzou, with funding from the document of democracy and human rights in the European Union, and developed by the Alliance for Solidarity and partner organizations Algerian Family Planning Association (AAPF) Cultural Association AMUSNAW, and the Djazairouna Association of Families victims of terrorism.
Training in international mechanisms, tools for advocacy, and public awareness increases the impact of the actions of the Algerian associations.