Women’s Political Participation in Tunisia After the Revolution

Findings From Focus Groups in Tunisia

Authored by: Gabriella Borovsky and Asma Ben Yahia

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Country: Tunisia
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2012
Citation: Borovsky, Gabriella and Asma Ben Yahia. Women's Political Participation in Tunisia After the Revolution. Washington, DC: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, 2012.

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NDI has conducted regular qualitative research throughout Tunisia since March 2011 to inform political and civic leaders about citizens’ priorities and attitudes toward the political transition. The objectives of NDI’s qualitative research on women’s political participation were to compare and contrast attitudes and opinions of women and men in different regions in Tunisia, and to provide timely and objective information to Tunisian partners on the following issues: perceptions of women and their roles in Tunisian society; common social, political and economic priorities for women; and avenues for women’s political participation. The findings of this study are being used to inform Tunisian decision-makers – in political parties, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the NCA and government ministries – about citizens’ attitudes and opinions on these issues. This research represents a complementary study to four others previously conducted as part of an ongoing series of public opinion research into Tunisian citizen attitudes toward the evolving political transition.