Three Waves of Gender Reform in Tunisia: Reflections on the Eve of National Women’s Day, op-ed by Maro Youssef

Tunis, Tunisia – June 10, 2022: Demonstrators gather in support of women’s rights during a protest denouncing violence against women at Avenue Habib Bourguiba.

“‘There has been backsliding on women’s rights—some related to implementation issues, and others were policy reversals.’

Tunisia is known as the birthplace of the 2010-2011 Arab Spring uprisings. It is also recognized for its progressive gender policies, particularly compared to its neighbors in the Middle East & Africa. As we near Tunisia’s National Women’s Day on August 13, I wanted to reflect on the two waves of gender reform that Tunisian sociologist Mounira M. Charrad writes about, and a third wave that has emerged since.”

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