Women are key actors in 'people power' change

By Simon Barrow
February 1, 2011

In response to the issues highlighted in my previous piece, 'Tunisia, the lessons of nonviolence and 'messianism',' the Rev Ann K Fontaine, from Wyoming, makes the very important point that women are a crucial factor in the transition taking place.

She signposts a helpful US National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast and script, 'In Tunisia, Women Play Equal Role In Revolution', by Eleanor Beardsley.

The feature begins: Female voices rang out loud and clear during massive protests that brought down the authoritarian rule of Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Women in Tunisia are unique in the Arab world for enjoying near equality with men. And they are anxious to maintain their status. In Tunis, old ladies, young girls and women in black judges; robes marched down the streets demanding that the dictator leave. Hardly anyone wears the Muslim headscarf in the capital, and women seem to be everywhere, taking part in everything, alongside men.

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