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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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“Women Are Complete, Not Complements”

“Women Are Complete, Not Complements”

Terminology in the Writing of the New Constitution of Tunisia

Chapter:
(p.85) 9 “Women Are Complete, Not Complements”
Source:
Women Rising
Author(s):
Mounira M. Charrad

Amina Zarrugh

, Rita Stephan, Mounira M. Charrad
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.003.0010

In this chapter, Mounira M. Charrad and Amina Zarrugh discuss women’s reactions to a draft of a controversial article in the new Tunisian Constitution following the “Jasmine Revolution” and the fall of the oppressive regime in 2011. Specifically, they consider the debates between Islamists and secularists about the inclusion of the term “complementary” to refer to women in the new constitution. Highlighting the significance of terminology, they show how the draft ignited public protests under the leadership of advocates for women’s rights, which in turn led to the promulgation of one of the most liberal constitutions in the Arab word in regard to gender.

Keywords:   gender, constitution, protests, Tunisian Constitution, Jasmine Revolution

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