Sihem Badi

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Sihem Badi

Sihem Badi is a Tunisian politician. She serves as the Minister of Women's Affairs under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.[1][2][3]


Early life[edit]

Sihem Badi was born on June 12, 1967 in Tozeur.[2] She received a PhD in Medical Studies from the University of Paris.[2]


She is a member of the Congress for the Republic political party.[2] In 1992, she was sentenced to two years in prison after she condemned former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and she went to France in exile.[3]

On December 20, 2011, she joined the Jebali Cabinet as Minister of Women's Affairs.[2] She has said she would like to see more women in leadership positions.[4]


On 25 March 2013, protesters congregated to demand Badi's resignation after she blamed a nursery caretaker's rape of a three-year-old girl on the girl's family. [5]


  1. ^ CIA World Leaders
  2. ^ a b c d e Wiem Melki, Sihem Badi, Tunisia Live, 22 December 2011
  3. ^ a b Sihem Sioud, Sihem Badi : "Les craintes sur les droits des femmes ne sont pas fondées", Le Point, 1 March 2012
  4. ^ Sihem Badi : "Je veux que la femme soit présente dans les postes de décision", Le Monde, 8 March 2012
  5. ^ Tunisians protest against child rape, 25 March 2013