With Paper Drawings, Tunisian Youth Turn Democracy Into Something Real

The old man looks at the drawings and pauses for a while. With colorful icons, the fliers illustrate the steps of voting to over 8,000 citizens across south Tunisia. “Your vote is your voice,” it reads.

The campaign was led by The Citizenship Academy Project, an initiative led by Tunisian youth to raise awareness about the significance of elections in the North African country. Focusing on youth and women in the governorates of Gabes, Tataouine, Mednine, Touzeur and Kebili, the campaign is now in its second phase.

“After training about 40 volunteers in each governorate, we have started the field work with four-day awareness campaigns before legislative elections,” project director Basma Azizi told BarakaBits. The program will be completed with four other awareness days before the presidential elections.

But Azizi knows that turning democracy into a civic practice is not just a matter of awareness raising. “This work has been accomplished through a coalition between five local NGOs from the five governorates. The project represents a real asset to civil society, as it creates a solid coalition between NGOs to make a successful transition to democracy in Tunisia,” she says.

For more information: Visit the Citizenship Academy Projects Facebook page

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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