Tunisia is widely considered to be the country in which the current round of major upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East began. This paper explores the most prominent instances of women’s activism which have taken place in Tunisia in the time which has followed the revolution of 2011. Through analysis of the principal literature related to the subject and the information gathered as a result of fieldwork conducted in the capital city of Tunis in February 2013, the paper examines the most significant transformations which have arisen from the active participation of women in the uprising. The involvement of women in the demand for changes in Tunisia questions whether women’s political engagement can be seen as an essential asset within Tunisian civil society organizations, and, if it can, this prompts us to go on to consider the implications of this also for the role of international aid funding (with specific reference to the European Union). Overall, the Tunisian uprising can be represented in terms of a remarkable case in which civil society, including the women’s organizations, has played a useful and effective role at a political and social level, ensuring the emergence of a feasible alternative pathway.
Tunisian Women's Activism after the January 14 Revolution: Looking within and towards the Other Side of the Mediterranean.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 15(2), 16-32.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol15/iss2/2