Empowering rural Tunisian women to participate in elections
Story by Nic Corbett | Photos and video by Nessim Stevenson and Sebastian Lindstrom for USAID
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In partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Tunisian Mediterranean Center (Tu-Med), and Canadian Government, USAID trained and deployed female civic ambassadors to areas with the highest illiteracy rates to encourage women to register and vote in the May 6, 2018 municipal elections.
USAID reached over 7,000 rural women during voter registration and 27,000 rural women during the mobilization. Nearly 70 percent of the women reached reported they voted, far exceeding the national average of 35 percent.
More than one-fourth of the women who participated in the elections said they voted against candidates who wanted to buy their vote or to sanction those whom they do not trust. These results demonstrate an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as voters.
USAID continued to work with civic ambassadors in the run-up to the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections. Many of the women reached as part of the project are now civic education ambassadors themselves.