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2014 Fellow
Women's Initiative Fellowship Program

Neila entered politics in 2001 under the dictatorship of President Ben Ali. She established the Liberal Mediterranean Party designed to be a constructive tool to achieve reform and boost the Tunisian economy through small and medium enterprises offering significant employment opportunities. Her party was never authorized and her liberal speech led to her repression.

After the revolution in March 2011, she co-founded the political party, Afek Tounes, which won four seats in the National Constituent Assembly.

Campaigning during the October 2001 elections helped her to understand the urgency of working on civil society issues. Utilizing a strong network of civil society organizations, she began focusing her work on issues such as education, communication, freedom, citizenship, local governance, and women’s rights and empowerment.

Neila holds a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture from Institut Technologique d’Art, d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme de Tunis in Tunisia. She managed a carpentry workshop that provided 22 jobs from 1983 to 2001. Her professional managerial experience led her to realize the necessity of political reforms, particularly regarding labor laws. 

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