Tunisia is the birthplace of the Arab Spring, and is hailed as the only Arab nation to achieve democracy. While some Middle Eastern and North African nations were torn apart by revolutions, and others’ democratic efforts were suppressed, Tunisia remained stable. Democratic institutions were quickly established after the Jasmine Revolution of 2010-2011, and elections were… Read More Has democracy succeeded in Tunisia?
Like much of the world, Tunisia is plagued with violence against women. What sets it apart, however, is that while it suffers one of the world’s highest gender violence rates, the Tunisian government is now taking substantial measures to eliminate it. It seeks to build greater awareness while increasing protection and support for victims.… Read More Can Tunisia eliminate violence against women?
Tunisia is once again lauded for its progress in human rights. President Beji Caid Essebsi last week scrapped a 44-year-old bill prohibiting marriage between Muslim women and non-Muslim men. Despite such a progressive move, many in Tunisia still feel that their country faces issues that threaten democracy and equality in their country. Tunisia is often… Read More Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes are needed
A migrant vessel destined for Italy collapsed near the Tunisian shore on Thursday, killing dozens of passengers, according to the Tunisian Red Crescent. The organisation, which has conducted many rescue missions, said the boat set sail from the Libyan coastal town of Zuwara. Around 120 passengers were reportedly on board. Shamseddine Marzouq, a Red… Read More Migrant boat collapses near Tunisia, killing 120: survivor
Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi has vowed to increase gender equality in the country, on Sunday proposing to scrap imbalanced inheritance laws and to allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. At a speech for national women’s day on Sunday, the president pledged to take legislative steps to remove the laws, which comes on the… Read More Tunisian president vows to usher in new era of gender equality