About the project
In recent years, the phenomenon of radicalisation among young Tunisians, especially in the metropolitan area of Tunis and in the south of the country, has seen an exponential increase, demonstrated by aggressive propaganda in favour of Islamic extremist groups on social media. Tunisia is one of the 10 countries with the highest number of tweets in support of ISIS. There are also many young foreign fighters who leave Tunisia to go and fight in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The political instability that had prevailed in the country following the 2010-11 revolution, and a worrying increase in unemployment have resulted in an increase in migratory flows. According to 2016 data, unemployment affects 15.4% of the population (12.5% for men and 23% for women), and has increased to 31.2% among graduates (20.3% men, 40% women).
In this context, the initiative aims to promote the women’s socio-economicempowerment and gender equality, thus enhancing the crucial and active role that women and youth can play against radicalisation and violent extremism through training opportunities. These training opportunities help them in learning all about sustainable businesses and making their integration in the inclusive labour market easier.
The intervention aims to prevent radicalisation through the following priority areas:
- prevention of conflicts;
- Involvement of communities, through the development of participatory strategies with civil society and local communities;
- Strengthening the ability of young people by promoting participation in decision-making processes at local and national levels;
- Use of internet and social media to communicate positive messages showing that change is possible.