Tunisian New Islamist Government Wants To Force Women To Wear The Niqab

The Muslim Issue

The unfinished revolution of Tunisia’s women

The unfinished revolution of Tunisia's women

As the world marks International Women’s Day on Thursday, many Tunisian women fear they are losing the gains obtained before and during the revolution of January 2011. But some of them are not ready to give up.

By Sarah LEDUC |  France 24

To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, Amel Ben Attia says she will trade her customary jeans and sneakers for the colourful flowing traditional Tunisian robe still worn by peasant women in this North African nation.

For the 31-year-old artist and activist, her special Women’s Day garb is a provocative act intented at “showing all those who stole the revolution and who want to impose customs that are not ours that the niqab [the Saudi-style, all-concealing Islamic garb] does not represent Tunisian women,” she says emphatically.

Attia was among the many Tunisian women who took to the streets in December…

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