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Bourguiba did a lot for Tunisian women. But was he their emancipator?

By Jyhene Kebsi, Lecturer in Gender Studies, Macquarie University
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Tunisia’s National Women’s Day is often associated with Habib Bourguiba, the country’s first president, who pursued the policy of state feminism. Bourguiba ruled the country for 30 years after its independence from France in 1957. In 1987 he was ousted in a coup d’etat by Zine El Abedine Ben Ali. Bourguiba’s state feminist policies earned him the monikerThe Conversation


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