I joined this study for one reason, for a personal reason at the very beginning, and it was a very good opportunity for me to do it under the hat of Digital Citizenship, which is an initiative for internet users. The most vulnerable internet users i.e. adolescent girls and women, women journalists, women in politics, women activists, all of them. What drove me into this was the need of understanding what was going wrong in terms of our languages, whether they exist online or not, what the burdens are, and then it turned into a more passionate journey to understand that. So it was not only like serving the initiative, the Digital Citizenship initiative, or serving the knowledge, but also going into a journey of knowing what was happening in this giant internet, and why we were absent, why we clearly were absent. As a knowledge advocate that meant a lot for me.
In Tunisia, Wasta Kills When It Comes to Covid-19 - The Markaz Review
Jun 15, 2021, Emna Mizouni
Tunisia was among the first countries in the world to take severe measures to fight the Covid-19 virus. Flights were cancelled gradually until there was a total shutdown, and all sorts of public gatherings such as conferences, cinema and theatre were cancelled — although not football games! Soon after these measures, the government declared a curfew, followed by a general lockdown. In early June 2020, the country started to open up with a targeted lockdown. At the time, Tunisia was registering zero cases. A mandatory quarantine on all arrivals from abroad was established, yet the political system, as fragile as it is, lifted this mandatory confinement to help declining tourism and consequently the economy. It was a victory that didn’t last.
"Loujain al-Hathloul deserves her freedom. They all deserve freedom" Raseef22, Tuesday 12 March 2019
International Women’s Day is the one day set aside in the calendar for the celebration of the women’s movement. My own celebration will be muted this year, however, as I cannot help but notice the absence of a vibrant part of our movement - the detained Saudi women’s rights activists. In spite of incredible adversity, the Saudi feminist movement has been an example of the strength of women activists in the Arab region. I am deeply proud of the legacy of women’s activism in the region, and especially my own country, Tunisia. Women were in the forefront of the protesters during the 2011 revolution. I draw strength from that success and the solidarity of the global women’s movement. But even when I consider the power that women’s activism has shown against great odds, I can only feel hopeless and devastated for the situation of the Saudi women's rights defenders, among them my friend Loujain al-Hathloul.
A small collection of audio records of Tunisian Grandparents' stories. Project to be continued.
In 2014, Emna volunteered in Radio Women with a weekly podcast about the Tunisian socia-cultural updates.