Truly saddened to hear of the demise of H.E. Beji Caid Essebsi, President of the Republic of Tunisia. Amongst his various achievements, I will always consider President Essebsi as a true ambassador for Gender Equality having brought about a silent revolution to secure an effective democracy, by putting gender equality on the top of the national agenda, and as an intrinsic part of the country's new constitution where the rights and duties of Tunisian men and women are equal, and where the State is committed to defending women’s rights, working on supporting and developing them.