Celebrate Tunis’ Women’s Day With These 5 Trailblazing Ladies

Today is Tunisia’s National Women’s Day. On this very day, in 1956, several laws were put in place to promote gender equality under the Code of Personal Status. Unlike other Arab countries, this new code helped give women some vital rights including the abolishment of polygamy and the insurance that both the man and woman give consent to their agreed marriage.

It is said that the code wasn’t comprehensive in its promotion of women’s rights, yet at least it was an effort. Other than the law, Tunisian women themselves have been making huge strides in bringing forth female representation in everything from sports to the arts. To celebrate this day, we have curated a special collection of Tunisian women making it big in their country and worldwide.

Mayssem Marzouki

At the very young age of 19, Maysseem proved to be a powerhouse. She is not only a prominent Tunisian environmentalist but she also is the CEO and founder of Chai Kbir. This company creates blends of tea and herbs using fresh ingredients that are locally sourced from Tunisian farms. One of her products called ImmuniTea mainly utilizes orange peels, a very natural and healthy source of vitamins.

She cares about ensuring that these products are natural, chemical free and are made in a way that is friendly to the environment. Outspoken with a wise outlook on sustainability and environmentalism, It is truly great to see such a young voice making a big contribution to the world of ecology.

Dora Bouchoucha Fourati 

A young woman who went from struggling at a male-dominated school in Tunis’ village of Manouba to changing the narrative and becoming one of the first female Tunisian producers during the 1990s. Founding her very own production company called Nomadis Images in 1995, she has been picking out films that place a lense on Arab stories and people who do not usually get representation.

Prior to the 2010 Tunisian Revolution, very few documentaries were being made because of strict rules against freedom of expression. Yet, ever since the revolution, Dora has been creating a wide range of documentaries that shine a light on topics that could not have been discussed before. Her films are powerful and renowned and were selected to be premiered in some of the most prominent film festivals including Cannes and the Berlin Film Festival.

Dorsaf Ganoiati

When it comes to the world of football, you would not usually hear of a woman officating a match. Yet, Tunisia’s Dorsaf Ganoiati broke that mold on May 2017 when she became the very first Arab woman to referee a men’s football match. The match was between Stade Tunisien and Union Monastir. This is however, not her first forte. In the past, she refereed many women’s football matches.

Her persistence to change the narrative will inspire other women to follow in tow and break into many other male-dominated roles in the Tunisian and Arab society at large.

“When I am given a chance I have to prove myself. If I fail they might not give other women the chance, and if I succeed, I will be given other chances and other women will be as well.”

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Hasna Kourda

AI is becoming quite a popular buzzword with the current advances in today’s technology. Startups and applications making use of this intelligent software are continuing to be on the rise. In the world of sustainability, Hasna Kourda dipped her toes into this tech to create Save Your Wardrobe. This app cares about one thing, ensuring that your clothes get a longer shelf life in your closet.

Using AI technology, the app recommends users virtual wardrobes based on the user’s lifestyle, previous purchase data as well as the current weather. The aim is to figure out ways for the user to re-use and wear the clothes they already have in new, fun ways. Hasna is all about fashion sustainability as she attempts to put a stop to excessive shopping and consumption. Her ingenuity and creativity may inspire more women to create their very own AI-fueled App.

Emel Mathlouthi

A woman with a patriotic heart, Emel, a Tunisian singer and songwriter, uses her beautiful voice to convey her longing for freedom and justice for her people and country of Tunisia. She has been dubbed the “Voice of the Tunisian Revolution”, creating powerful songs such as Kelmti Horra which became Tunisia’s anthem for the 2010 revolution.

Today, she attempts to bring the Arab voice to the West with her new album that focuses on the power of humanity. Her songs engender a sense of hope for the Tunisian people and gives them strength. She will act as proof that music can be a conduit to express powerful messages that can inspire and lead to change.

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