Souad Abderrahim, the woman who became an icon of the Ennahda movement during the October Constituent Assembly Election campaign has said that single mothers are a disgrace to Tunisia and “do not have the right to exist.” Abderrahim made her controversial remarks in response to a comment by a Radio presenter who said that single mothers should be protected under the law during a show on Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya the evening of November 9th.
“I am ashamed of Arab and Muslim countries that try to make excuses for people who have sinned” claimed Abderrahim as her argument with the radio hosts began to get heated, adding that only rape victims should be entitled to protection under the law. Abderrahim insisted that law should be based on Arab-Muslim customs and tradition and that in Tunisia “there is no room for full and absolute freedom.”
Ennahda is the Tunisian Islamist party that captured 89 out of the 217 seats in the recent Constituent Assembly elections. A trained pharmacist, Abderrahim became a well-recognized symbol of the Ennahda party mostly because she does not wear a headscarf. She was elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly representing a seat from the second district of Tunis.