Vice Speaker of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly Mehrezia Laabidi Maiza, a prominent figure affiliated with the Ennahdha party, represented Tunisian women today during a hearing concerning the role of women in the Arab Spring at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
The hearing, which was held by the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe, was attended by President of the Parliamentary Assembly Jean-Claude Mignon, several European deputies, and guest speakers from around the Arab world.
Laabidi stated her belief that the “grains of the Arab Spring have always existed in Tunisian soil, as history proved it.” She recalled different Tunisian women who changed the history of the country, and went on to discuss women leaders who are changing Tunisia today.
According to Laabidi, women’s involvement in the political scene in Tunisia is still limited, but improving.
“During the Ben Ali era, there were more women in the government, but they had fake roles. Today, even though there are fewer women in the government, it’s still a good sign to see that more Tunisian women are active in civil society,” she added.
Guest speakers at the session included Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Family, Women, and Social Development Bassima Hakkaoui and major female activists from Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Libya.