Equality and Justice in Employment: A Case Study from Post-Revolution Tunisia

Thursday, 1 October, 2015

From the abstract:

In 2013, women working in textile factories in Tunisia discovered that their employer had declared bankruptcy and left the country, owing them three months salary and social security payments. While they won their case against their former employer in court, these women remain in a precarious situation. Based on this case study, this article argues that efforts to support marginalised stakeholders to become proactive in seeking justice to ensure their enjoyment of employment and other basic human rights, requires challenging the entrenched structural causes at the root of their marginalisation and vulnerability. The article outlines how Avocats Sans Frontières works in fragile contexts to support people in vulnerable situations to become proactive justice seekers, and then analyses and explains the importance of the multiple vulnerabilities relevant to the case study. Finally, the article offers some ideas for supporting marginalised stakeholders to become proactive justice seekers.

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