Social networks and women’s rights activism in post-revolutionary Tunisia

Authored by: Zeineb Touati , Sami Zlitni

Handbook of Arab Women and Arab Spring

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  November  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857437126
eBook ISBN: 9781315858661
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315858661-12

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Abstract

Tunisian women’s trailblazing and advantageous legal status is considered an exception in Muslim countries. For decades the status has been a showcase for successive Tunisian governments, a forceful argument at election time for President Ben Ali, and an often used alibi by the authorities when European countries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) challenge the regime about human rights and freedom of the press. We will first show the specificity of the status, and then we will take a closer look at the role played by social media in defence of the status as Tunisia goes through a period of political turmoil. The defence of women’s freedom has brought about new ways of using social networks and new forms of mobilization online.

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