Muslim women, just as women off all religious affiliations and backgrounds, struggle against various forms of gender discrimination. What is important, is to distinguish between constraints imposed by Islam as a religion and the Patriarchal cultural norms that predate Islam. Legal restrictions on women's autonomy are often an amalgamation of the two.
These protests have not been like the events of two years ago. What has been occurring in Tunisia can be split into two separate groups: honest protesters calling for the removal of a government that they believe encouraged the murder of Chokri Belaid, and rioters attempting to benefit from the state of crisis.
When France was moralizing over the Armenian genocide the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan accused them of hypocrisy.
Having recently come back from a few days in Tunisia, meeting with the President, members of the major political parties and the youth who were so courageously at the forefront of the movement to topple the dictatorial regime of Ben Ali - it is clear that the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on Tunisia's journey to democracy.
Ashraf residents must believe that theirs is a story of betrayal. It was the US, after all, that, after liberating Iraq, promised to protect them if they agreed to disarm. The US is out of Iraq, but the residents are far from safe. A second betrayal is now in the making. For a body such as the United Nations, silence in the face of oppression is nothing short of scandalous.