Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Global Studies

First Advisor

Ajit Abraham


The Arab Springs were a series of revolutions that took place in the Middle East which first came about in the country of Tunisia. Tensions over governmental corruption, poor economic standings, unemployment, lack of political freedom, and little progress for women’s rights. From the fall of the Ben Ali Regime to the rise of the Ennahda Islamist Party, it has truly impacted Women’s Rights in such a unique way that has shaped a great revolution. These tensions also created a domino effect throughout the Arab World which affected countries such as Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria. The role of women in this movement ranged from protestors to organizers, and it involved women from a variety of backgrounds in Tunisian society. The 1950s was when the “Code of Personal Status (CPS) came about which was a kind of family law which set regulations towards marriage, child custody, divorce, etc. This law brought Tunisia to the forefront when it came to the progress of Women’s Rights in the Arab World, yet activists have continued the fight for equality for women even after the fall of the Ben Ali. Through this paper, I take a closer look at how the Arab Springs came about, analyzing the Ben Ali Regime and the Ennahda Islamists, and paying close attention to the role that women played in this movement while also fighting for more rights and equality in an ever changing Tunisia.