Young Women and Political Participation in Tunisia : Institutional and Informal Mobilization

IDRC's Women's Rights and Citizenship (WRC) program initiative is supporting a body of comparative research on whether and how democracy and governance institutions are responding to women's rights and gender equality. This project will investigate issues and challenges surrounding women's participation in political decision-making, the judiciary and the public sector in Tunisia. And, it will explore ways in which state institutions, political parties, civil society and kin-based social organizations can be influenced to advance women's choices and entitlements as citizens, through increased representation among other things.

The goal of the project is to understand young women's political commitment (formal participation and citizen's voice) and disengagement in Tunisia. Researchers will examine how young women's personal trajectories transform their dispositions of commitment to politics (habitus*) into effective participation. They will note how young women's participation in politics is influenced by age, gender, and the larger social and political context. Questions raised will include: Do young women mobilize their resources (social, cultural and economic capital) differently than older women and young men? What are the mechanisms that facilitate political commitment? The research results are expected to provide strategic input to immediate and future action oriented toward promoting young women's political participation in Tunisia.

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Start Date

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

End Date

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

de Boer, John

Total funding

CA$ 110,900


Tunisia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Giorgia Depaoli


Center of Arab Women for Training and Research

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