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Women Empowerment in Tunisia

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Tereza Sun

on 14 October 2013

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Transcript of Women Empowerment in Tunisia

Women Empowerment
in Tunisia

Female Workforce Participation
Just over 1/4 of the workforce in Tunisia is female
Despite enjoying relative freedom compared with other Islamic countries, female participating in the workforce remains a challenge
The difficulty can be cultural, compounded by unequal treatment in laws and regulations
YSB aims to improve opportunities for women to participate in the economy in a way that is fits in with Tunisian culture
Sejnene Pottery Group
This project is based in the town of Sejnene, in the northwest of the country. It is well known for its Berber culture heritage, especially regarding pottery. The area is very poor, of difficult access, and commercialization of these products is quite difficult.
Nassije
Nassije Tunisia based in Foussana is a weaving center / workshop producing carpets, clothing, and decorative items.
The entrepreneur is a well-known, successful woman who launched in 1984 the first workshop of glass blowing in Tunisia.
The enterprise started with 10K dinar is now a group of three companies with franchises in three countries and total revenue of 1M dinar a year. She is well connected locally and internationally.
Regueb Rural Transportation
The project Rgueb is aimed at providing an alternative means of transportation to female agriculture workers in the rural area of Rgueb. Current transport conditions are very poor and risky, which often leads to accidents.
Right now, illegal drivers control the market by dealing directly with farmers. The drivers not only decide the price but also choose how much and when they distribute the women's salaries, sometimes very late.
Challenges
Women are discouraged or prohibited by family members from traveling far from home
Certain Tunisian laws restrict the type of work women participate in, the number of hours they work as well as require a woman’s husband or father to approve of her job and hours worked
Women are significantly less likely to use networking with a friend or contact an employer directly to obtain employment.
The World Bank research found that women struggle with finding a suitable working environment because they fear sexual harassment and working long hours.
Sell pottery pieces through exhibit-sales
Sell pottery pieces via hotels, supermarkets, etc.
Set up of pottery workshops for children
Social Impact
Secure and increase women revenues
Preserve and value ancestral know-how and heritage
Foster the economic development of the region through the art of pottery
Social impact
The project aims to leverage local savoir-faire of craftswoman to generate revenues and improve life conditions.
Preserve and value the art of these women (ancestral know-how and heritage)
Foster the economic development of the region through the art of carpet weaving.
Social impact
Provide a secure and comfortable means of transportation to women agricultural workers
Give the women agricultural workers more autonomy and market power
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