Maaike Voorhoeve

Maaike Voorhoeve is a post-doctoral fellow in the Rechtskulturen program of the Forum Transregionale Studien (2013-2014). She completed her PhD at the University of Amsterdam (2011), followed by post-doctoral positions at this same university and at Harvard Law School. Voorhoeve spent over 2 years in Tunisia for fieldwork. She published two books with IB Tauris: an edited volume on debates and practices in the field of family law in the Middle East (2012) and her dissertation on Tunisian judicial practice (2014). Voorhoeve specializes in the socio-legal study of contemporary Tunisia.

Maaike Voorhoeve’s project:

Controlling Bodies, Controlling Space: The Case of the Law Prohibiting Sexual Harassment in Tunisia

Since the revolution of 14 January 2011, Tunisia has been going through a phase of renegotiation of what the ‘new’ Tunisia should look like. One of the sites of contestation (Seidel 1985) are Tunisia’s ‘feminist’ laws. However, the renegotiation in public debates is limited to the Personal Status Code, focusing on issues such as polygamy and adoption. These laws, however, were not the only product of authoritarian feminism.

This project examines the genealogy and the application of the law criminalizing sexual harassment. This law was issued in 2004 in response to a lobby of the secularist women’s rights organizations. This paper argues that this law is a product par excellence of Tunisian authoritarianism: a very useful tool to control the presence of young men in the bourgeois and touristic areas of Tunis, it was one among many means to control these potential troublemakers in the years before the revolution.



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