Tunis - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Not for me or my family. - Nov 2020

I think so, but I've not experienced. Not many issues with gender inequality. - May 2020

Unaccompanied women will get some unsolicited attention in places like downtown, the Medina. Overall though it is a much better environment for women than other places in the region. - Nov 2017

Oddly, I saw very few dark-skinned Africans in Tunis and almost no East Asians. It reminds me of pre-war times in Iraq, which was once called "the Germany of the Middle East". In other words, many of the low-paying jobs in Tunis are held by Tunisians, and that is not the case in other Middle Eastern nations. Although official statistics claim that Tunisia is 98 percent Muslim, other religions appear to be acceptable. I doubt that 98 percent figure, too, especially with the ever-present French influence. - Nov 2015

Yes, if you don't look Tunisian be prepared to get stared at. - Nov 2014

Africans (those not from northern Africa) are treated poorly and looked down on, often called monkeys and women are harassed in the streets. Women are treated as less important than men, which is not a major issue, mostly just an annoying if you are waiting in line for something and men keep stepping in front of you if you are unwilling to say something. - Jul 2013

Women seem to "wear the pants" in the marriages, from what I've seen/heard. You are not allowed to preach religion other than Islam. - Jun 2013

Tunisians are racist against Africans, so black foreigners from any country may face prejudices. Women are protected and generally treated well. The only attention they get is young men hitting on them. - Feb 2012

Not on the surface, necessarily, but that's because religion is rarely discussed in Tunisia, which is essentially a dictatorship. There is some harassment of women, especially foreign women, but nothing too offensive. - Jul 2010

Although the Tunisians say they are tolerant and not sexist, it is very clear that is not the case. - May 2010

Not that I have seen although I have heard some murmuring about people with darker complexions being discriminated against. I'm imagining that it's infrequent and subtle. - Jan 2010

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