The Arab Spring in Tunisia brought with it new rights for women, such as allowing them to wear the hijab for a photo ID, establishing gender parity in political elections, and lifting Tunisia’s reservations on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which was signed by the government in August 2011. This has produced a proliferation of groups and viewpoints that are often in conflict with one another and sometimes attack women and women’s rights promoted under previous postcolonial authoritarian regimes. The free and democratic elections of October 2011 led to a coalition of Ennahdha, the Islam-oriented majority party, and two secular parties. This opened the way for preachers from the Mashreq and Arab Gulf countries to present their support for practices that had not previously been part of public discussion in Tunisia, such as niqab, female circumcision, early marriage for girls,...
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Cartooning and the Democratic Transition in Tunisia: Lilia Halloul
LILIA LABIDI is an anthropologist and psychologist at the University of Tunis and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 2014 to 2015. Labidi was minister for women’s affairs in the Tunisian government after the fall of the Ben Ali regime.
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2015) 11 (3): 354–358.
Lilia Labidi; Cartooning and the Democratic Transition in Tunisia: Lilia Halloul. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 November 2015; 11 (3): 354–358. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-3142548
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