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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Friday, September 07, 2018
Regional network to promote women in elections working group meeting in Tunis
To further discuss the establishment of a gender electoral network in the Arab region, the Organization of Arab Electoral Management Bodies (Arab EMBs), the UNDP and the International Institute for Democracy and...
Friday, August 31, 2018
Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government
Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections. The dramatic...
Friday, August 24, 2018
Meet Souad Abderrahim, the first female mayor of Tunisia’s capital in 160 years
Souad Abderrahim is not like the past 32 mayors of this North African capital. They hailed from wealthy, influential families. She’s a self-made businesswoman. They were political appointees. She was elected in the...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Women's rights in Tunisia: Could first female mayor signal democratic change?
By Wesley Dockery, Last week, the Tunisian capital elected Souad Abderrahim its first female mayor in the first city elections since the Arab Spring. Could her victory signify a new direction for Tunisia's formerly...
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Tunisia's capital elects first female mayor
Souad Abderrahim is from Tunisia's moderate Islamic party, which advocates for separating politics from religion. TUNIS, Tunisia — A woman from Tunisia's moderate Islamic party was elected on Tuesday as mayor of the...
Friday, May 25, 2018
Tunisian women win at polls but long road remains
The Independent High Authority for Elections said May 9 that Tunisian women accounted for 47.7% of the total number of winners and headed 29.55% of the lists in the May 6 municipal elections. These elections, the first...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Will Tunisia's municipal elections change anything?
Tunisians will head to the polls on May 6 to vote in the country's first free municipal elections since the removal of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his government in 2011. Having been postponed four times, the...

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