“I woke up at 5am every day, carried my sick brother on my back and walked to school to reach it by seven,” she says. “But I still carried my brother there every day because at least one of us nine had to finish school.”
Fifteen years after Ben Ahmad, now 30, dropped out of school, the government has not improved the roads near her home. It still takes her several hours to travel from her hometown of Boucha to Kelibia, the nearest city. In a private vehicle, the same journey would take just 30 minutes.
Like Ben Ahmad, many women in rural Tunisia face long trips to access essential services, which are usually located in urban centres. But it’s not just better road networks and health systems these women want. They want to improve women’s rights at the national level and bring female leaders into their country’s politics."
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