Bewilderment, scorn, resentment. Women's rights activists across the Middle East are reacting with everything but joy to topless demonstrations in Europe by a Ukrainian feminist group held in solidarity with a Tunisian woman who posted topless photos of herself protesting religious oppression.
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The case of a young Tunisian woman who was allegedly raped by police officers, and who along with her fiancé was charged with “indecent behaviour” when she filed a complaint, made international headlines towards the end of September. The case infuriated women’s rights advocates and highlighted an important issue in post-revolution Tunisia: addressing violence against women.
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A young woman allegedly raped by two policemen was questioned Tuesday by a magistrate in Tunis who is to decide whether she is to be charged with indecency, a court source said, in a case that has sparked outrage.
Nearly 30,000 persons rallied on Monday evening in Tunis to claim the protection and advancement of women's gains and enshrine effective gender equality into the new constitution. It started about two hours after fast-breaking from the January 14 Square in Tunis and headed to Mohamed V Avenue where demonstrators gathered in front of the Human Rights Square, shouting slogans calling for total equality between men and women.
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Runner Habiba Ghribi has become the first ever Tunisian woman to stand on an Olympic podium, after winning a silver medal at the London Games this week. Her victory has fueled an ongoing debate over women’s rights back home.
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Female politicians and human rights activists condemned proposed text in the new Tunisian constitution that describes women as "men's associates", Tunisia Live reported.
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There are currently 59 women in the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA), out of the 217 deputies elected last fall to draft a new constitution. These 59 women were able to run in the elections as part of a political party either because they had demonstrated leadership in the past or because they negotiated with a particular party to be included on their list. The law governing the electoral process mandated that all candidate lists had to include an equal number of men and women, thereby establishing a baseline of equality, writes Sana Sbouai for for the Common Ground News Service.
In the wake of protests by niqab supporters at Tunisian universities, citizens are continuing to debate whether the conservative headwear represents newfound freedom or a threat to women's personal liberties.
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently paid an official visit to the American embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, and during her visit, Justice Ginsburg hailed the participation of Tunisian women in political life, particularly in regards to the prominent presence of female membership in the Constituent Assembly. Women’s representation in the current Constituent Assembly is 25%, with 43 female members out of a total of 217.