Summary: Souad Abderrahim, well-known Ennahdha member recently elected to the Constituent Assembly, said during a radio interview with Monte Carlo radio that single mothers are a disgrace to Tunisia and “do not have the right to exist.”
According to the Tunisia Live article, Abderrahim told listeners, “I am ashamed of Arab and Muslim countries that try to make excuses for people who have sinned,” and then added that only rape victims should be entitled to protection under the law. Abderrahim further insisted that Tunisian law should be based on Arab-Muslim customs and tradition and that in Tunisia “there is no room for full and absolute freedom.”
Ennadha's Secretary General Hamadi Jebali later told reporters that he had not heard Abderrahim’s remarks and that "Ennahda does not reject any part of Tunisian society including single mothers. We believe that single mothers should be treated equally like all Tunisian citizens."