Beyond Revolution: How Women Influenced Constitution Making In Tunisia

Authored by: Nanako Tamaru, Olivia Holt-Ivry, Marie O'Reilly

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Country: Tunisia
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2018
Citation: Tamaru, Nanako, Olivia Holt-Ivry, and Marie O'Reilly. Beyond Revolution: How Women Influenced Constitution Making In Tunisia. Report. March 2018.

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Executive Summary

Participatory approaches have come to the forefront of constitution-making in recent years. Their potential for fostering legitimacy, national ownership, and the inclusion of diverse groups is particularly relevant in deeply divided societies. Yet a large demographic–women–remains significantly under-represented in constitution-reform processes, averaging just 19 percent of seats in constituent assemblies in countries experiencing conflict, unrest, or political transition. The Tunisian experience of constitution-making in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution offers an informative example of how women get involved in constitutional reform and the impact they can have on the process and its outcomes.