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.