1st Edition

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

By Jane D Tchaïcha, Khedija Arfaoui Copyright 2017
    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction

    2. Historical Underpinnings of the Modern Tunisian Woman

    3. Tunisia’s Independence and Women’s First Steps towards Emancipation

    4. A New Kind of Women’s Movement Finds its Footing

    5. Women Talking: Generational Voices at the Dawn of the New Millennium

    6. Socio-political Implosion, Revolutionary Euphoria, and Women’s Engagement

    7. Women Shape the New Constitution

    8. Conclusion—Constraints and Future Steps


    Jane D. Tchaïcha is Professor of Modern Languages at Bentley University, USA.

    Khedija Arfaoui is an independent scholar based in Tunisia.