Access to state-provided abortion services has worsened since the Tunisian Revolution, according to the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD).

Homosexuals in Tunisia celebrated the ouster of dictator Ben Ali, hoping it would improve their situation. But in nearly two years, little has changed for the country's gay and lesbian community. Sarah Mersch reports from Tunis.

KAIROUAN, Tunisia - November 11, 2012 - On the Friday after Tunisia’s president fell, Mohamed al-Khelif mounted the pulpit of this city’s historic Grand Mosque to deliver a full-throttle attack on the country’s corrupt culture, to condemn its close ties with the West and to demand that a new constitution implement Shariah, or Islamic law.

اثارت دعوة "أنصار الشريعة" السلفية في تونس، إلى إباحة تعدد الزوجات ردود فعل متباينة وانقساما بين من يرى فيها تراجعا عن المكتسبات التاريخية للمرأة التونسية، ومن يعتبرها "حلاً إسلاميا" لمشاكل اجتماعية مستعصية.

طُلب مني مؤخرا افتتاح ندوة عن حقوق المرأة. فكانت تلك فرصة لحوْصلة أفكاري في الموضوع، وفيها ما لا يُعجب، ومع ذلك فهي قناعاتي لم تزدني تجربة المسؤولية إلا تمسّكا بها. وأولى هذه القناعات أن الخطاب المتداول منذ أكثر من قرن عن المرأة هو اليوم جزء من المشكل وليس جزءا من الحلّ؛ ومن ثم كانت ضرورة التخلّص منه في أسرع وقت ممكن

Tunisian civil society is rallying in support of a young woman who was raped by police officers in what they say is part of a broader assault on women's rights by religious conservatives.There is widespread outrage after 27-year-old victim was summoned by the investigating judge on Wednesday to face chargers of "indecency" from the two men accused of raping her, in what many argue is an attempt by the authorities to intimidate her.

On National Women's Day, UN Women congratulates the Government and people of Tunisia on their leadership in women's empowerment and gender equality.Calls on the Tunisian people and Government to continue championing gender equality in the constitutional revision process.

*Une «tenue dénudée et indécente»*

Première Tunisienne à monter sur le podium olympique, Habiba Ghribi a décroché l'argent sur 3000 m steeple. Elle a suscité la colère de radicaux qui se sont déclarés offensés par sa «tenue dénudée et indécente» et l'ont couverte d'insultes et d'invectives. Pour l'un d'eux, avec son short, ses cuisses et son ventre nus, Habiba Ghribi «fait honte à la femme tunisienne».

Thousands of Tunisians have rallied to protest against what they see as a push by the Islamist-led government for constitutional changes that would degrade women's status in one of the Arab world's most liberal nations.

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