The London based, Palestinian media research and advocacy organization MEMO (Middle East Monitor) will be hosting a discussion with Ennahda women leaders Mehrezia Labidi, Amel Azzouz and Jawhara Ettees at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theater of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London on Friday, March 23rd.
The discussion will start at 6:30PM, attendance is free but registration is required.
The event, moderated by former Associate Foreign Editor of the Guardian, Victoria Brittain and entitled “Tunisia one year on the achievements and challenges,” promises to be an informative overview of the Ennahda party’s positions and approach to facing challenges after winning the largest share of votes in the October 2011 Tunisian Constituent Assembly elections.
The Constituent Assembly is the legislative body elected by the Tunisian people tasked with both drafting a new constitution for Tunisia and appointing an interim government while the new constitution is being designed.
Mehrezia Labidi was elected to the Tunisian Constituent Assembly representing Tunisians living in France. She was elected as the Vice-President of the Constituent Assembly by her fellow members on November 22nd, 2011 and has since been known in Tunisia for frequently calming down highly raucous sessions that can at times get highly chaotic.
A mother of three, Labidi served as a co-President of Religions for Peace an international non-governmental organization bringing religious leaders of all faiths together to discuss issues of ending war, eradicating poverty and protecting the earth before her service in the Tunisian Constituent Assembly.
Amel Azzouz is a leading member of the women’s office of Ennahda. She works as an instructor of the English language at the Higher Institute of Languages in Gabes. Her husband was detained for 15 years by the former regime for being an activist in Ennahda.
Jawhara Ettees is a 26 year old former English teacher and member of the youth wing of Ennahda. She was elected to the Constituent Assembly, representing the district of Tataouine. A self described Muslim feminist, Ettees became involved in Tunisian politics after the former regime persecuted her father.