Within Tunisia, the overthrow of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali spurred a jubilant sense of unity. But for women, that jubilation was soon replaced by a sense of dread over what might happen to their civil rights as a post-revolution Islamist conservatism began to take hold.
While Ben Ali's two-decade reign was marked by corruption, human rights abuses and tight restrictions on free speech and political opposition, his regime did preserve the foundations of the country's strong women's rights legislation, established in 1957 with the adoption of the Code of Personal Status.
That code guaranteed women in Tunisia far more extensive rights than women have in many other countries in the region. It gave women the right to initiate a divorce, open a bank account and establish a business without spousal consent and access abortion services. The country has also outlawed polygamy.
In the wake of the revolution many women feared they would lose those rights, but in 2014, women's rights were enshrined in a new constitution."
Read article by Don Duncan from CBC News.