Among the most challenging issues Tunisia is facing are massive youth unemployment; marginalization/exclusion from public participation by youth; distrust in political processes; and youth engagement in radicalization and the rehabilitation and reintegration of returnee Jihadists.
The development and implementation of a youth democracy curriculum in Tunisia is designed to ensure that young women and men, too often marginalized from political processes, are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively participate in, and contribute to, the consolidation and strengthening of their democracies.
Uprisings in countries across the Middle East during the so-called "Arab Spring," and continuing instability in the region, bring the challenges faced by young people, such as high unemployment, to the forefront of public attention.
Although gender-based violence (GBV) is endemic globally, some of the highest rates in the world are found in Muslim-majority countries where conservative interpretations of Islamic Family Law persist.
Democratic transformations in the Arab world have reignited debate around the need for more inclusive political systems where the rights of different ethnic and religious groups are a priority in the transition period.
This project will analyze three state institutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen - the judiciary, state-controlled religious institutions, and state-owned media - to assess the extent to which these institutions are responding to calls for reform in the wake of the Arab Spring.