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Aya Chebbi

Nov 2012: By Aya Chebbi - "Unfortunately, as women we suffer from the same inequalities and gender based-violence everywhere in the world..."


Tunisian women are rising up against a proposed article in the new constitution seen by many as an Islamist ploy to reverse the principle of gender equality that made Tunisia a beacon of modernity in the Arab world when it was introduced six decades ago.

The National Constituent Assembly, elected after the downfall last year of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, is currently drafting a new national charter.


'In Islam, sex is forbidden for both women and men before marriage. But the male does not have a [physical] virginity to lose,' reflects Henda Afaiedh, a specialist obstetrician gynecologist who performs hymen reconstruction surgery in Tunisia

Suad Abdel-Rahim, candidate for the constituent assembly elections of the Islamist Ennahda movement, speaks during a closing campaign rally in Tunis | Photo: Zohra Bensemra

Voters in the Tunisian capital looked bemused this week when Suad Abdel-Rahim of the Islamist Ennahda party went on a walkabout to drum up support ahead of elections on Sunday.