Tunisian youth as agents of change

As part of our work in Tunisia, the BADDEL (transformation in arabic) project aims to promote community resilience for the development of sustainable socio-economic systems and for the prevention of violent extremism in El Kef and Ben Arous regions. 

Some of the activities of the project has been implemented by the local partner Joussour (bridge in arabic), who works with three public institutions called Youth Centers. 

After a process led by young people and involving local civil society and public institutions, three clubs have been consolidated within the centers. The goal of these clubs is to use cultural tools to promote a culture of peace and social cohesion. 

We highlight one of these three clubs: the radio club of Mohamed Ghamoudi’s Youth Center, in El Kef, in the northwest of the country. The radio club was born with the purpose of promoting alternative narratives that face violent extremism and promote social cohesion. 

In this approach, the Tunisian youth are encouraged to take an active part as agents of change for their whole community, helping to see and raise awareness about social and political concerns. 

To give more diffusion to these contents, the club Radio has allied with Radio Cirta, a very popular radio station in the region. The youth have created a series of podcasts, which have been scripted, produced and disseminated by them with a central theme: awareness, prevention and denunciation of violence against women. 

The podcasts available on their Facebook in Arabic include reflections on the normalization of patriarchal violence and online violence against women, talks on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and a series of four chapters on the Tunisian Organic Law No. 2017-58. 

The first two are subtitled in Spanish: 

The Dilemma of the Oppressed 

You are not alone on the net 

The project has been funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and implemented by NOVACT, Assembly for Peace Cooperation (ACPP), the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT), the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LTDH), and Joussour.