Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011) 230237 brill.nl/melg Dr. Lilia Labidi Minister of Women's Affairs Government of Tunisia [The Editors are pleased to feature an interview with Mme. Lilia Labidi, a professor of psychology and anthropology at the University of Tunis, who has written extensively on women in the Arab world. As of January 17, 2011, Mme. Labidi was appointed as Minister of Women's Affairs for the Government of Tunisia. The Editors directed their questions to Minister Labidi in Tunis.] Editors: What was the role of women in the revolution? How did women participate and lead, and were the roles of male and female activists similar or different if the latter, how so? Labidi: Among the various characterizations of the Tunisian Revolution there is consensus that it began in the poorest regions of Tunisia, that it was spontaneous, carried out by the peaceful apolitical youth without associations to political leaders. Women were present during the very first demonstrations. Some were young, others older, some were unemployed, others employed, a number had artistic professions, and they were numerous in the streets of cities like Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid, Thala as well as in the capital Tunis.
Middle East Law and Governance – Brill
Published: Mar 25, 2011