Tunisian Women Demonstrate in Kasbah: "We are not ready to concede our rights"

News article, posted 12.01.2011, from Tunis, Tunisia, in:
Author: 
Ahmed Ellali
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English
Tunisian Women Demonstrate in Kasbah: "We are not ready to concede our rights" (Photo: Tunisia Live)

The Kasbah Square in downtown Tunis was the site of a women’s demonstration yesterday, November 2nd. After a meeting in the cultural center of Menzah, a meeting was organized with the prime minister and some political parties, and women gathered to demand that the new constitution include women’s rights.

Tunisians elected a Constituent Assembly on October 23rd that will appoint a new government and write a new constitution.

Through the protest, women asked government members to take into consideration the maintenance of their rights and liberties and to include them in the next constitution. Many protesters emphasized that the gathering was spontaneous and not organized by any political party. Veiled women were also invited to attend.

The recent victory of Ennahda in the October 23rd election has generated fear among some segments of society that the moderate Islamist party will seek to remove various guarantees of women’s rights, ensured by Tunisia’s Personal Status Code. Rumors have also spread of various female teachers facing increased harassment from students over conservative religious principles.