Civil and political rights - Tunisia

What Does Tunis Think of its First Female Mayor?

19.07.2018 / Created by (EMWF)

On July 3rd 2018, the municipal council of Tunis elected Souad Abderrahim as the city’s first female mayor. Abderrahim, a 53-year-old pharmacist and former MP from the Muslim Democratic Party Ennahda, is also the first elected female mayor of a capital city in the Arab world, and only the twentieth woman worldwide. This recent survey of nearly 500 residents of Tunis provides some insights into how her constituents felt about Abderrahim’s candidacy ahead of the mayoral election. The majority of those polled—54 percent—supported a woman as mayor, disagreeing with the criticism that “Souad Abderrahim should not be permitted to be sheikh of the city because she is a woman.” This suggests that most residents of Tunis oppose the sexist criticism leveled at Abderrahim.


  • Type of publication : Article
  • Author : Sharan Grewal, Mathew Cebul
  • Publishing house : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Publication date : 2018
  • Number of pages : 3
  • Language : English and arabic


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