At the parliamentary runoffs held in late January in Tunisia, JHR-trained candidate Syrine Mrabet emerged successful in her run for MP!
Mrabet is a jurist and businesswoman who has worked in multiple industries, including the energy and sports sectors. She is reportedly the first woman in Tunisia to lead a sports organization, having served as the president of football club, Club Olympique des Transports, from 2020-2021. Now, in parliament, she will be representing the Al-Sijumi and Flower District. We congratulate Mrabet for her latest accomplishment and the JHR Tunisia team for supporting her political journey!
Marabet attended several JHR workshops last year. In September, she attended a workshop led by JHR Board members Michael Cooke, Peter Donolo and Catherine Cano on running successful media campaigns. Earlier in March, she joined us for a session targeting women in decision-making positions at CSOs, where participants received training on communication and media relations.
Earlier in 2021, JHR also led its media partners in a campaign titled ‘Why Not’ that sought to improve public perception of women in leadership positions in politics and beyond. While surveys, carried out by Arab Barometer on behalf of BBC News Arabic, found that Tunisia public is more accepting of women political leaders, president Kais Saied’s reforms to electoral law has made gender parity in parliament more challenging to achieve. So, Mrabet’s win is a significant cause to celebrate and we wish her the best of luck as she embarks on her political journey.