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Violence against female political representatives as they carry out their political duties

1 Feb 2021


The actor of the backlash

Political trend

January – June 2021: On 27 January, Seifeddine Makhlouf, deputy in AlKarama coalition, took the phone of the Head of Tunisia’s Free Constitutional Party, Abir Moussa, and verbally attacked her. She was also physically assaulted on 30 June during a parliamentary session by the deputies Sahbi Smara and Seifeddine Makhlouf from the El Karama coalition. On 25 February 2021, civil society activist and municipal councillor Raouia Amira was subjected to verbal aggression during a meeting of the council by a female member of Ennahda, according to the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD). She was insulted for being single. On 18 March 2021, Ennahda deputy Neji Jmal assaulted deputy of the Free Constitutional Party, Zeinab Sfari, as she filmed him in the corridors of the Assembly.

See Business News, January 2021, Association Tunisienne des Femmes Democrates, July 2021, Association Tunisienne des Femmes Democrates, February 2021, Tunisie Numerique, March 2021, Le 360, March 2021.


Joint statement on the violence against Abir Moussa.
Infographics by Aswat Nissa on violence against women in the Parliament.