The End of the Beginning: Tunisia’s Revolution and Fighting for the Future

April, 2012

In October 2011, the first free and fair parliamentary elections in decades took place in Tunisia. But the story is not over. The economy is still in shambles and institutions of governance are weak. The security sector will need reform. There are also thorny issues of justice, truth-telling and reconciliation to deal with the past and move forward. Despite the opening of public and political space for activism and civil engagement, women are among the first groups to experience a backlash, largely orchestrated by conservative Islamic groups.

1. Salafis, Externally Supported and Heavily Financed, Push Regressive Agendas
2. Free and Fair Elections, A Watershed but with Limitations
3. Women Comprise 23% of the CA. Will they uphold and protect women’s rights?
4. Women Mobilizing to Stand against Regression of their Status

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Khadija Arfaoui

Khadija Arfaoui was born and lives in Tunisia. She has a B.A. in English and American Literature and a Certificate in Aptitude to Research about “The Double Jeopardy of Afro-American Women.” (Tunis University). She has a M. Phil. (at George Washington University) and her doctorate at (Faculty of Arts and Letters of Manouba in Tunis) in American and Women’s Studies. She taught English, American Studies, Women’s Studies and Human Rights at the Higher Institute of Languages of Tunis until her retirement. Before that, she was vice-principal and principal of secondary schools in the Tunis area. She was also a Teaching Assistant and a Ph.D. candidate at George Washington University. The focus of her interest has always been on women and human rights.

Khadija Arfaoui joined civil society in the early 1980s, as a founder of ADPE, an organization of development and protection of the environment that she chaired for ten years. In the meantime, she joined the Tunisian League of Human Rights, AFTURD (Association of Tunisian Women for Research on Development), becoming an active member of it before also joining ATFD (Tunisian Association of Democratic Women), Amnesty International and TAUN (Tunisian Association of the United Nations). She is a feminist activist and researcher who lives in the Tunis area. She has published articles, such as: Femmes, developpement et environnement: la prise de conscience internationale, Tunisian women in the twenty-first century: Past achievements and Present Uncertainties in the Wake of the Jasmine Revolution, Women’s Economic Citizenship and Trade Union Participation, and Women on the Move for Gender Equality in the Maghreb. She also translated Tunisian feminist poetry and short stories in “Women writing Africa: The Northern Region” (2009, The Feminist Press).


What the Women Say: Tunisia, I

January, 2013

Omezzine Khalife is a member of Ettakatol Party and ran for the Constituent Assembly in Tunisia. She is a member of the Ettakatol’s Women’s Organization. Omezzine Speaks to ICAN about her experiences as a young woman involved in politics and running for political office.

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What the Women Say: Tunisia, II

November, 2012

Arabya Kousri is a member of Ettakatol Party in Tunisia and a founder of the Young Social Democrats Organization within the party. Arabya ran on Ettakatol’s Party list for the Constituent Assembly. She is also a member of the Ettakol’s Women’s Organization, where she works to promote women’s political participation and representation.

Arabya talks about her role in Tunisian politics, and answers other questions including:
-Who are the women in Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly?
-Should young women be more aggressive in pursuing public office?
-What are Ettakatol’s priorities for women?
-What are the issues facing women today?

Watch the full 9-minute video below.



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