In May 2011 twenty women of different profiles, including academics, housewives, lawyers, and engineers, established the Association Tounissiet in Tunis. We met two months after the revolution to help establish democracy in the new Tunisia. Our aim was to work on behalf of the rights of women that have long been suppressed. The situation of women scarcely corresponds to the legal texts in Tunisia, which hid the reality on the ground. The association has nineteen core members who spearhead activities and projects and participate in local and national demonstrations. Tounissiet also cooperates with several partner organizations across the country, including in Nabeul, Jendouba, Sousse, Gabes, Sfax, Tataouin, and Sidi Bouzid. These associations are often involved in various Tounissiet activities in Tunis and the region.

Before the revolution women were the first victims of the dictatorship. They were deprived...

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