Tunisia’s Islamist Victory Good For Women, Says Souad Abdel Rahim
Souad Abdel Rahim, “The doors are open for women now.”
She said the victory of the party in last week’s parliamentary election, in which it won 90 out of 217 seats, sent a message to other moderate Islamist parties across the region that they should provide a “framework” for women to advance themselves.
“We can sense that there has already been an impact. Even in Saudi Arabia, women can now vote,” she said, referring to a recent decision by the king to open municipal elections to women for the first time.
Ennahda was suppressed under the secular dictatorship of President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in a popular revolution in January.