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Posters in Tunis for candidates running in the Tunisian national election on Saturday 17 December. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images
Friday, December 16, 2022
Tunisia election set to deliver male-dominated parliament and erosion of women’s rights
As the country goes to the polls, reforms introduced by hardline president Kais Saied have led to the exclusion of female candidates. Tunisian will vote on Saturday in an election that will lead to a weakened parliament “almost exclusively dominated...
A Tunisian woman holds up a placard that reads in Arabic: “We are full citizens, not a decoration for sponsorships,” during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia on October 7, 2022. © 2022 Chedly Ben Ibrahim/AP Photo
Thursday, November 03, 2022
Tunisia tramples gender parity ahead of parliamentary elections
Recent Change to Electoral Law Reverses Major Advance for Women’s Rights A new electoral law introduced by Tunisian President Kais Saied on September 15 eliminated the principle of gender parity in elected assemblies, and could, in turn, result in...
Andalou Agency
Thursday, November 03, 2022
Over 1,400 candidates apply for parliamentary elections in Tunisia
Parliamentary elections slated for Dec. 17, women representation stands at 15% TUNIS – A total of 1,429 candidates have applied to contest Tunisia's parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on Dec. 17, the country's election commission said....
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Friday, July 15, 2022
Women in Tunisia: Has a female prime minister changed Tunisia?
Tunisia has seen a marked shift in attitudes towards women political leaders since Najla Bouden became the first female prime minister in the Arab world. However, this doesn't mean that life has dramatically improved for Tunisia's women, writes BBC...
Tunis market, April 2022. Keystone / Mohamed Messara
Tuesday, June 07, 2022
How local female politicians are keeping Tunisian democracy alive
President Kaïs Saïed is in the process of wiping out hard-won democratic rights in Tunisia. Little evidence survives of Switzerland’s efforts to support the country on its path to democracy – apart, perhaps, from the courage of women politicians who...
Gender Stereotypes, Political Leadership, and Voting Behavior in Tunisia- Photo by Alif Caesar Rizqi Pratama on Unsplash
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
Gender Stereotypes, Political Leadership, and Voting Behavior in Tunisia
Abstract Although female political representation in the Arab world has nearly doubled in the last decade, little is known about how voters in the region view female politicians and their political platforms, particularly in a new democracy like...
Najla Bouden Ramadhane has been named Tunisia's first female prime minister. President Kais Saied appointed her to lead a transitional government after her predecessor was sacked and parliament suspended. Slim Abid/AP
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Tunisia's new Prime Minister is the first woman to lead a government in the Arab world
Najla Bouden Ramadhane, a university engineer with World Bank experience, has been lifted from political obscurity to become Tunisia's — and the Arab world's — first female prime minister. Ramadhane was named to the post Wednesday after Kais Saied,...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Trailblazing French feminist Gisele Halimi dies aged 93
Tunisian-born French lawyer Gisele Halimi, who devoted her life to the feminist cause and was instrumental in winning the decriminalisation of abortion in France, died Tuesday aged 93, her family told AFP. She died peacefully a day after her 93rd...
Friday, May 22, 2020
Gender and crisis of COVID-19 in Tunisia: Challenges and recommendations
This brief summarizes challenges and recommendations of the impact of the recent pandemic of COVID-19 in Tunisia on gender-based violence, access to justice, women and health, and women’s leadership and political participation. It makes...
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
The first freely elected woman mayor of an Arab capital defies stereotypes
The Arab Spring began ten years ago this December when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire to protest police harassment and corruption under the North African country’s autocratic regime. After toppling governments across the region, the...
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Network of arab women in elections launches in Tunis
The Network of Arab Women in Elections was launched Saturday in Tunis as part of a joint initiative involving the Arab Organisation for Electoral Management Bodies (ArabEMBs), the UNDP Regional Electoral Support Project and the International...
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Tunisia: Call for taking into consideration right of women voters in rural and border areas to take part in election campaigns
The preliminary report on the observation of the elections, based on gender, conducted by the Tunisian Mediterranean Centre (TUNMED), called all the candidates to take into account the right of women voters in rural and border areas to take part in...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Presidential elections: How candidates are playing the « Tunisian woman » card
By Ikram Ben Said and Samah Krichah, The 2019 presidential campaign began on Monday, September 2, 2019. Between those who have it, those who want to have it, and those who are preventedfrom having it, the fight over power has just started. Like...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tunisian women absent from presidential campaign
Tunisia has long been seen as a pioneer for women's rights in the Arab world, but on the eve of presidential elections, women are calling this reputation into question. "Men promise a lot to women. But when Mr Moustache arrives in power, nothing...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
In Tunisia, more women in office can make all the difference
By Lindsay J. Benstead, In Tunisia, 47 percent of seats in the 2018 municipal assembly elections are now held by women. This increase is due in part to a constitutionally-mandated electoral gender quota. Women are running for — and winning — elected...
Monday, April 22, 2019
Tunis Forum on Gender Equality
In partnership with the Government of Tunisia and the Swedish International Development Agency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) are organizing...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Consultation for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality
The Government of Tunisia, the United Nations Development Programme and UN Women, are organizing the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality that will take place April 24-26. The Tunis Forum will take place one year before the 25th anniversary of the...
Monday, November 12, 2018
Omezzine Khelifa
Omezzine Khelifa is a Tunisian youth and political activist. She is a former candidate in Tunisia's 2011 and 2014 legislative elections and a former Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance. She is the Founder and CEO of Mobdiun - Creative Youth....

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