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Women carve out role in south Tunisia protest movement

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By: Lilia BLAISE | Hamdi TLILI | Fadil ALIRIZA | Peter O'BRIEN

In oil-rich southern Tunisia, locals are furious at the government and oil companies for failing to follow through on their promises to create jobs. With unemployment stubbornly high in the region and the Covid-19 pandemic making the situation considerably worse, several protest movements have emerged since June. Women have also joined in, a rare sight in this conservative region. Our correspondents Lilia Blaise and Hamdi Tlili followed two female activists fighting for women's rights and jobs for young people during the recent demonstrations in July.

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