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28 Sep 2012 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Bryant

TUNIS — For decades, women in Tunisia have enjoyed some of the most far-reaching rights in the Arab world. But a clause in Tunisia's draft constitution describing women as complementary - not equal - to men has sparked uproar and concerns over women's rights.

At her factory outside Tunis, owner Salma Rekik talks about the origins of her family-run business. The group, Cofat, specializes in automobile cables and food processing and Rekik says she feels comfortable operating in sectors traditionally dominated by men.

12 May 2011 description
report Voice of America

European Union interior ministers meet in Brussels Thursday to discuss how to handle a wave of migrants flooding into their countries following the Arab uprisings in North Africa.

Fading hopes

Near a highway on the edge of Paris, dozens of mostly Tunisian immigrants are camped out in a dusty park, living on sandwiches handed out by volunteers - and hope for a better life in Europe that is quickly fading.

09 Mar 2011 description
report Voice of America

More than 14,000 migrant workers and refugees who fled Libya's conflict are still waiting repatriation at a camp set up near the Tunisia-Libya border.

07 Mar 2011 description
report Voice of America

Sabina Castelfranco | Rome March 07, 2011

Hundreds of refugees fleeing the political violence in North African arrived on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa Monday.

Coast guard officials say 10 fishing vessels arrived early Monday with close to 850 people on board. Another boat has been sighted in the waters off the island and now that weather conditions have improved more are expected to follow.

The new arrivals are given medical assistance, a hot drink and warm clothes.