“My dream is that young people in Tunisia feel that their country is offering something to them, that they can fully develop in this country so that they do not have to dream of achieving their dreams abroad. Particularly, I am thinking of the next generation. It was my generation that made the revolution, but it will be the next generation that will make our dreams come true.”

These are the words of 26-year-old Ghofran Ounissi from Tunisia. I had the chance to meet the young woman and many more Tunisian people at the Global Forum 2015, which took place in Tunis from 14 to 17 May 2015 and that Democracy International had co-organised.

Actually, I was lucky to encounter all these Tunisian people. In Tunisia today, the unemployment rate is worse than before the Jasmine revolution that began in January 2011. Almost 80 per cent of young people do not have a job. Yet despite of these sobering facts, the hunger, euphoria and drive to continue with the democratic revolution was very impressive. In that sense we want to help Tunisia and the young emerging democracies in the world. As always, we are grateful for your support and count on your help. In that way I am sure that Tunisia will continue shifting the tectonic plates.

All the best,
Cora Pfafferott

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Tunis Declaration on Modern Direct Democracy
At the end of the Global Forum the more than 400 participants from almost 40 countries and from four continents of te world commonly declared: "Tunisia is in transition.So is direct democracy around the world. We are Tunisians. We are Africans. We are Europeans. We are Asians. We are from the Americas. We come from all kinds of communities, from every corner of the globe, and from all walks of life. Among us are scholars, trade unionists, journalists, activists...
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Ghofran Ounissi in an interview with Democracy International on the political situation in Tunisia, the relationship of Islam and democracy and the dreams of the young generation.
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