Within the elite Bizerta public faculty in Tunisia, solely women have a gown code. Boys don’t. Boys can put on no matter they like. The women are obliged to put on the smock, a unfastened-becoming and lengthy gilet, in any other case they’re despatched residence. One morning, as an alternative of turning up for sophistication sporting the regulation navy blue smock, a defiant group of adolescent women got here to high school in white T-shirts as an alternative, demanding an “finish to discrimination”.
A Horrible Message To Younger Women
18-yr-previous Sewar Tebourbi, alongside together with her batchmates, took to social media to vent out their anger towards the discrimination being carried out towards them. She stated the women agreed to take collective motion from the next day “to demand that this discrimination should stop”. Dozens duly turned up for sophistication sporting white. A number of boys did the identical, in solidarity with their feminine classmates.
Monia Ben Jemia, head of the Affiliation of Democratic Ladies of Tunisia, an unbiased feminist group, referred to as the smock “a horrible message” to younger women, implying that their our bodies can have a disruptive impact on their friends. The unique concept of the varsity’s uniform is to take away variations between wealthy and poor, but the scholars have raised the query why it solely have to be worn by the feminine college students of the varsity.
Contradicting Their Perception That Males And Ladies Are Equal
Tunisia is a pioneer in North Africa and the Center East within the subject of girls’s rights. Since 2014, the nation’s new structure referred to as for equality between women and men. To have a rule that disagrees with this hopeful change in structure is, to say the least, hypocritical. It exhibits that the conservative and conventional strategy to a lady ‘s physique and her dignity nonetheless haven’t subdued.
For Bizerte’s regional schooling commissioner Nabil Smadhi, dialogue is the best way forward: “It’s time to tackle this difficulty in a nationwide dialogue, involving the tutorial ministry, mother and father, commerce unions and civil society.” He provides that “this agitation is efficient, not simply within the public highschool however in most institutions in Bizerte and in a number of excessive faculties [across the country]”.
In the meantime, Siwar Tebourbi and her buddies nonetheless come wearing defiance of their uniform to encourage future generations to battle for equal rights.
This text is written by Haya Wakil
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