The open political environment and balance of political forces has enabled ATFD and AFTURD to establish sections outside Tunis, in Sfax, Sousse, Bizerte, and Kairouan, and to work in coalition with the UGTT, Human Rights League, and figures from the progressive political parties toward the formation of an electoral bloc to try to prevent another Islamist victory in the next elections.
(11) "AFTURD's Declaration: Fighting Against Attempts of Regression." Press release issued 26 September 2008, made available to the author by AFTURD founding member Dr.
Within such a framework, since the end of 1990s, one of the co-founders of AFTURD, the sociologist and feminist activist Ilhem Marzouki, has added a strong critique directed towards the failure of historic women's organizations to provide a real status of change and political autonomy.
In this direction, a number of scholars and activists have suggested ways through which the most well-known women's feminist initiatives, starting with ATFD and AFTURD, should overcome their internal structures of power and privileges, and avoid becoming elitist movements.
Also in this context, the ATFD and AFTURD organizations have led several initiatives dealing with the active participation of women in the implementation of institutional reforms as well as their emancipation in the socio-economic spheres (26).
The Nature of Transnational Alliances in Women's Associations in the Maghreb: The Case of AFTURD and ATFD in Tunisia.
Former president of the Association of Tunisian Women for Development Research (Afturd
), Radhia Belhaj Zekri, recalled the history of the activism of Tunisian feminists since 1991 in the fight against violence to until 2017.
The "Pictures above impunity" project is organised in partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the National Centre for Cinema and Image (CNCI), the French Institute of Tunisia (IFT) with the contribution of Euromed, Hakka distribution and Cinetelefilms and the participation of Beity association, the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD), the Association of Tunisian Women for Research and Development (AFTURD
), the Centre for Research, Studies Documentation and Information on Women (CREDIF) with the support of the Academic Services Office for the north (OOUN).
- The Association of Tunisian Women for Research on Development (AFTURD
These associations, represented by the Tunisian chapter of Amnesty International, LTDH, ATFD, AFTURD
and the Tunisian Coalition against Death Penalty said in their interventions at the opening of the ordinary general assembly of the Tunisian section of Amnesty International that an "inter-associative co-ordination" will be announced soon to co-ordinate their action with regard to these claims.
"Dialogue continues with the Interior Ministry to have the authorisation to demonstrate in the Habib Bourguiba Avenue", she said during a meeting with the press held, jointly, with the Chairwoman of the Association of Tunisian women for Research and Development (AFTURD
) Radhia Dridi and President of the Tunisian Human Rights Defence League (LTDH) Abdessattar Ben Moussa.