Women’s perspectives on the changing political situation in Tunisia
Tunisia has had the rare reputation of being progressive in gender equality in the Middle East-North African world. In Tunisia’s new constitution, Article 46 says that “the state commits to protect women’s established rights and works to strengthen and develop those rights” and declares there must be “equality of opportunities between women and men to have access to all levels of responsibility and in all domains.”
The constitution also gives women the right to be president, and a constitutional requirement to work toward gender equality has made Tunisia a rare bird in the Middle East and North Africa, says a 2014 Human Rights Watch report. Doors have opened to women’s political participation, but more recently, women are fighting to hang on to their rights and not necessarily trying to gain more. They are also trying to cope with the rise in violence against them.
With the rise of the Islamist political party in Tunisia after its relatively placid Arab spring revolution in 2011, our research project aims to look at how have women fared in the post-spring landscape?