The Tunisian Women’s Rights Movement: From Nascent Activism to Influential Power-broking

1st Edition

Jane D Tchaïcha, Khedija Arfaoui

Published June 14, 2017
Reference - 162 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138740747 - CAT# Y327570
Series: Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa


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Tunisian women have received significant attention for their active participation in preserving and extending women’s rights since 2011. However, their activism and latest achievements should be considered not a recent phenomenon but rather part and parcel of a distinctive local history that has included women as agents of change.

This book examines Tunisian women’s lived experiences, as individuals and as a group, within a sociohistorical framework that uncovers the enduring feminine footprint over centuries and eventually underpins and defines their most recent fight for gender equality in postrevolutionary Tunisia. The historic and current presentation of Tunisian women’s public and civic engagement distinguishes between different types of women’s objectives in order to examine women’s activism holistically as it evolved in the local context.

The Tunisian Women’s Rights Movement will be of interest to students and scholars of Tunisia, North African, and Middle East Studies and gender in the Arab world.

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