Gender Election Monitoring (GEM) Missions (October - November 2014)

In 2014, Gender Concerns observed both the Parliamentary Elections on the 26th of October, as well as the Presidential Elections on the 23rd of November in Tunisia.

The mission comprised of 110 female observers, deployed across 22 governorates. The Parliamentary Election was monitored from a uniquely gendered perspective with a focus on women's inclusive governance in Tunisia.

The mission was undertaken jointly between the LTDH, ATFD, AFTURD and Gender Concerns International. It was a continuation of our partnership that began with our joint Gender Election Monitoring (GEM) Mission in 2011. Furthermore, the mission was supported by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).

Click here for the final GEM Report of Tunisian elections. (French and English)

Click here for the Gender Election Monitoring Mission Progress

Gender Election Monitoring Mission (October 2011)

In October 2011, the first free elections after Ben Ali's downfall were held in Tunisia. It was a historic day for the country, but also for the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In fact, the Tunisian elections were the first to be held after sweeping democratic movements put an end to some of the most long-lasting authoritarian Arab regimes.

During the earlier post-revolution period, NGOs and civil society organisations advocated to enhance and increase women’s visibility in the process of democratic transition. In due course, a decision was made to integrate a gender component into the Election Observation Mission undertaken by the Observatory of Elections for the Constituent Assembly.

As part of this integration, Gender Concerns International was invited to observe the elections from a gendered perspective. Consequently the GEM Mission, the first of its kind in the region, was led, organized, and implemented by women from NGOs and experts from the field. The mission involved 22 young women led by four senior national observers and seven international observers.

Click here for the final GEM Report of Tunisian elections. (French and English)

Click here to see a Tunisian Broadcast (Arabic)

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