1 February 2007
Professor Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, delivered the following statement on 31 January 2007 in Algiers:
"From 21 to 31 January 2007, I conducted a fact-finding mission to Algeria, during which I spoke with Ministers and other authorities, the President of the Advisory Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations Country Team, non-governmental organisations and individual victims of violence against women. I would like to thank the Government of Algeria for its invitation and excellent support throughout the conduct of my mission.
I will present a full report to the United Nations Human Rights Council on my findings regarding violence against women in Algeria, including its causes and consequences, within the next six months. At this point, I would like to share some preliminary observations with you.
The Algerian Constitution provides for non-discrimination between men and women and requires the state to actively ensure equality of rights and duties of all citizens, men and women alike.
Algeria has distinguished itself by realizing the equal access of boys and girls to all levels of education in little more than one generation. Today, girls are numerically overrepresented in secondary schools, colleges and universities. This is most commendable and it will help to eventually eliminate the high levels of female illiteracy inherited from colonial rule