Girls protest order over school uniform in Tunisia

AFP
Published Dec 27, 2017, 6:55 am IST
Updated Dec 27, 2017, 6:55 am IST
In Tunisian high schools, the dress code is not uniform. Actually, it is: but only for girls.
One morning, instead of turning up for class wearing the regulation navy blue smock, a defiant group of adolescent girls came to school in white T-shirts instead, demanding an “end to discrimination”.
 One morning, instead of turning up for class wearing the regulation navy blue smock, a defiant group of adolescent girls came to school in white T-shirts instead, demanding an “end to discrimination”.

Bizerte (Tunisia): In Tunisian high schools, the dress code is not uniform. Actually, it is: but only for girls. Boys can wear what they like, and now the girls are up in arms. One morning, instead of turning up for class wearing the regulation navy blue smock, a defiant group of adolescent girls came to school in white T-shirts instead, demanding an “end to discrimination”.

At the elite Bizerte public school, pupils have to sign a school rule stipulating that wearing a uniform applies to girls only. How did the school authorities react? By saying nothing. Thus was born the “Manish Lab-setha” (“I won’t wear it”) campaign, referring to the offending garment.

 





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