Women’s Day August 13, 2016

Women’s Day is annually celebrated on August 13th , which is the anniversary of promulgation of the Code of Personal Status in Tunisia in 1956.

The Code of Personal Status (CPS) is a series of laws, that regulate relations and institutions of equality between men and women in a number of areas.  It was promulgated on August 13th, 1956 and it came to force on January 1st, 1957.

This Code gave women powers and established their place in Tunisian society. It abolished polygamy, created a judicial procedure for divorce, and marriage could be performed only with the mutual agreement of both parties. Several amendments were made in 1993 and women received rights to represent their children in judicial procedures, and rights to transfer their nationality and patrimony to children to the same extent as husbands.

The Code changed the life of the Tunisian women in the society. There is no wonder why the anniversary of promulgation of the Code is observed on a national level.

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Women’s Day in Tunisia: August 13th, 2016

Women in Tunisia are celebrating national Women’s Day today to mark the 60th anniversary of the passage of what was a bold new legislation for women’s rights, the Code of Personal Status. This law distinguished Tunisia from much of the rest of the Arab world as it set standards and rights for women on issues such as marriage, education, child custody and equal pay. But even with the long-standing code, many women in the country are encountering worrying barriers to living in a truly gender-equal society.

New legislation for Tunisian women  after January 14th , 2011

Tunisia’s new constitution, adopted on January 27, 2014, has strong a protection for women’s rights, including article 46, which provides that “The state commits to protect women’s established rights and works to strengthen and develop those rights,” and guarantees “equality of opportunities between women and men to have access to all levels of responsibility and in all domains.” It makes Tunisia one of the few countries in the Middle East and North Africa region with a constitutional obligation to work toward gender parity in elected assemblies.


Tunisia’s parliament adopted a new law on November 10th, 2015, that will allow women to travel with their minor children without getting permission from the children’s father. The Tunisian authorities should next ensure that all domestic laws conform to international standards and eliminate other forms of discrimination against women.


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IIDebate celebrating the International Youth Day through CafeTalk

International Youth Day on 12 August

International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August, 2000.

International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.

IIDebate celebrating The International Youth Day 

To celebrate the International Youth Day, on August 12th, 2016, The International Institute of Debate will organize severel  CafeTalks in different regions in Tunisia and in  Jordan and Pakistan tackling the issue of: “Youth civic engagement: how to empower youth in civil society?”

As we know CafeTalk is an opportunity for youth to express their opinions and debate on social issues that impact our society. It is a chance that grants young people the ability to empower their initiatives and launch their projects after gathering ideas and insights from participants. This project is open for everyone who believes that dialogue is the first step towards change.



11 cafetalks will be organized this Friday August 12th, 2016 in order to celebrate the International Youth Day around the topic of ” How to empower youth civic engagement?

  • Tunis          : 12/08/2016 at 15:00 in  Art’Café
                       : 12/08/2016 at 11:00 in The American Corner
  • Monastir    : 12/08/2016 at 17:30 in Cafe Le Vivarium
  • Sousse        : 12/08/2016 at 18:00 in Cafe Le Paradoxe
  • Siliana        :  12/08/2016 at 18:00 in  Cafe L’Impérial
  • Ben guerden : 12/08/2016 at 09:00 in  Jasmine Parc
  • Zaghouen  : 12/08/2016 at 09:00 in the office of  We Love Zaghouan
  • Gafsa          : 12/08/2016 at 17:30 in  Cafe El Oued
  • Kebili         : 12/08/2016 at 09:30 in Maracana Club
Pakistan and Jordan
Two other CafeTalks will take place in Quetta, Pakistan in collaboration with “Youth Association for Development YAD” and in Jordan in collaboration with “Darabzeen Human Development organisation”
You can join any of those CafeTalks on our website and follow it on our Facebook page  and on the Facebook groupe Hive 

Youth expressing their selfs 

Your voice matters, CafeTalk opens the space for young people from different backgrounds to speak up and share their ideas with their communities.

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International Youth Day : The Road to 2030

International Youth Day aims at reminding the world of the cultural and legal issues surrounding youth across the globe. In recognizing then analyzing these problems, we may be leading the way towards the betterment of world youth conditions.

Young people need to feel empowered to make a real contribution as citizens. By being encouraged to actively engage in their communities, they would feel more responsible and would strive to bring forth a significant addition into the development and the well-being of society.

Youth of the World

An emerging recognition of youth potential that lacks institutional support


The global youth experience revealed that youth exclusion from the public life militated against their best interest. Actively engaging in dialogue with the younger generation is primordial for the creation of stronger nations.

The world is home to 1.8 million young people. A generation growing faster  in poor countries , a generation of 600 million adolescent girls with urgent needs  and potentially-broken dreams.

In order for youth aspirations to survive, nations should foster youth development by ensuring that they are actively engaged in the different activities offered by civil society . Their participation is an accentuation of their importance as free, dignified citizens.

The common understanding that youth lack the maturity to think and the will to act is erroneous

Youth opinion , is a fresh, different and most importantly a conscious perspective that should be taken into consideration by decision-makers for societies to emerge from global issues such as poverty, discrimination and  illiteracy .


A growing engagement and a fuller civic maturity.


In a post-revolutionary Tunisia where new civil liberties are acquired, youth are standing at the forefront of social change. With a decrease of youth inactivity (World Bank Report), the prospects for Tunisia are promising.

The boom of associations that Tunisia witnessed after 2011 is highly revealing of the significant transition as experienced by Tunisian people . There is a growing interest in joining and initiating civic organisms and a larger desire to be heard and acknowledged.

As Tunisian people, we came to the understanding that youth participation must lie at the centre of the creation of policies for youth.

Yet, the inclusion of Tunisian youth in the civic sphere remains an unfinished project  and it is due on one hand, to the lack of the institutional channels necessary to effectively participate in public life  and on the other hand, the mistrust towards associations that inhibits civic engagement.

We asked youth how they feel being young in Tunisia and how would they rate the importance of youth participation in the public life.


Art as a weapon against extremism

The the International Institute of Debate in partnership with the US Embassy in Tunis has organized on June 29th, 2016 a Cafe Talk about “Art as a weapon against extremism” in the cultural space “El Makhzen” in beb souika, Tunis.
This Cafe Talk gathered many civil society representatives who worked mainly on CVE to talk about preventing extremism throw art.
Thanks for everyone who attended this Cafe Talk and participated with their great ideas and experiences.



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تونسي و نغيّر في المدرسة العليا لمهندسي التجهيز الرّيفي بمجاز الباب

 نظّم المعهد الدولي للمناظرات يوم  27 أفريل 2016 بالمدرسة العليا لمهندسي التجهيز الرّيفي بمجاز الباب , دورة تكوينيّة في تقنيات التواصل و كتابة المشاريع الجمعيّاتية لرواد نادي المناظرات بالمدرسة 

وتأتي هذه الدورة التكوينيّة ضمن المرحلة الرّابعة من مشروع “تونسي و نغيّر” وهو برنامج اطلقه المعهد الدولي للمناظرات  و بتمويل من “مبادرة الشراكة الشرق اوسطية” ايمانا منهما بضرورة تفعيل دور الشباب التونسي للقضاء على المواطنة السلبية من خلال دعم المبادرات الشبابية التي تهدف الى النهوض بمناطقهم

وتم في هذه الدورة إختيار 6 فرق حاملة لأفكار مبادرات و تم تدريب المشاركين على تقنيات البحث الميداني , تجميع و تحليل البيانات كذلك تعريف الفرق باليات صياغة الحملات التوعوية في اطار الانتخابات لدمج الشباب في المسار الديمقراطي


ثم إنطلقت فرق المدرسة العليا لمهندسي التجهيز الرّيفي بمجاز الباب بتحضير مسودات المشاريع عن طريق ملء الإستمارة المقدمة من قبل المعهد الدولي للمناظرات كذلك إطلاق الحملات التوعوية والدعائيّة الخاصة بمبادراتهم

 والجدير بالذكر أن أغلب المشاركين في هذه الدورة التكوينيّة كانوا قد شاركوا في الدورة التكوينيّة “مخيّم التفكير” التي أقيمت يومي 25 و 26 مارس 2016 بمدينة قفصة ضمن مشروع تونسي و نغيّر

وسينظّم المعهد الدولي للمناظرات في المدّة المقبلة إنتخابات تمهيديّة لإختيار فريق و مبادرة واحدة ستمثل المدرسة في المسابقة الوطنيّة لمشروع  تونسي و نغيّر

النسخة الأولى من البطولة التونسيّة للمناظرات

نظّم المعهد الدولي للمناظرات بالشراكة مع المدرسة العليا الخاصة لإدارة الأعمال والحقوق ابن سينا النسخة الأولى من “البطولة التونسيّة للمناظرات” و ذلك يوم الأحد 17 أفريل 2016 بمقر المدرسة العليا الخاصة لإدارة الأعمال والحقوق ابن سينا في شارع محمد الخامس بتونس العاصمة
وتهدف هذه المسابقة التي بادر بها المعهد الدولي للمناظرات بتمويل من مبادرة الشراكة الأمريكيّة الشرق أوسطيّة  إلى تشجيع شباب الجامعات و المعاهد الثانوية المهتمّين بالمناظرات على تطوير مهاراتهم واكتساب المزيد من الخبرة في هذا المجال
وشهدت المسابقة في نسختها الأولى مشاركة أكثر من 40 شاب و شابة ممثلين عن العديد من الجامعات و المعاهد الثانوية و المنظمات الشبابيّة من تونس حيث تم
توزيعهم على 8 فرق ليتباروا فيما بينهم على 3 جولات باللغة الإنجليزية

وتمحورت أطروحات المناظرات حول عدّة مواضيع مثل الإعلام , مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي , السياسة الخارجيّة لتونس , مخاطر البلاستيك على البيئة …و غيرها من المواضيع
واختتمت المسابقة بتتويج فريق  “نعم” بلقب البطولة بعد فوزه في النهائي على فريق المدرسة المتوسطيّة للأعمال حول أطروحة اللاّمركزيّة في مرحلة الانتقال  الديمقراطي
وقد عبّر المشاركون عن سعادتهم بالمشاركة في هذا الحدث و رضاهم عن التنظيم آملينا أن تشهد النسخة القادمة من المسابقة مشاركة أوسع للشباب المهتمّ بالمناظرات و أن تشمل كامل الجمهوريّة
كما يتوجّه المعهد الدولي للمناظرات بالشكر إلى كل المحكمين و الميسّرين و المتطوّعين الذين ساهموا في إنجاح في النسخة الأولى من البطولة التونسيّة للمناظرات

10 Common Logical Fallacies

Logical fallacies are statements that have the tendency of appearing rational but are actually flawed.
The most common 10 types of fallacies are:


#1. Ad Hominem: This occurs when an author attacks his opponent instead of his opponent’s argument.

Person A: It is crucial that we facilitate adequate means to prevent degradation that would jeopardize the project.
Person B: You think that just because you use big words makes you sound smart? Shut up you loser; you don’t know what you’re talking about.

#2: Ad Populum: Ad Populum attempts to prove an argument as correct simply because many people believe it to be so.

Example: 80% of people are for the death penalty, therefore, the death penalty is moral.


#3. Appeal to Authority:  In this fallacious argument, the author claims his argument is right because someone famous or powerful supports it.

Example: We should change the drinking age because Einstein believed that 18 was the proper drinking age.


#4. Begging the Question: This happens when the author’s premise and conclusion say the same thing.

Example: Fashion magazines don’t hurt women’s self esteem because women’s confidence is intact after reading the magazine.

Begging the Question

#5. False Dichotomy: This fallacy rests on the assumption that there are only two possible solutions, so disproving one solution means that other solution should be utilized. It ignores other alternative solutions.

Example: “If you want better public schools, you have to raise taxes. If you don’t want to raise taxes, you can’t have better schools.”

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#6. Hasty Generalization: Hasty Generalization occurs when the proponent uses too small of a sample size to support a sweeping generalization.

Example: Sally couldn’t find any cute clothes at the boutique and neither could Maura, so the boutique doesn’t have any cute clothes.



#7. Post Hoc/ False Cause: Thisfallacy assumes that correlation equals causation or, in other words, if one event predicts another event it must have also caused the event.

Example: The football team gets better grades than the baseball team, therefore playing football makes you smarter than playing baseball.Post Hoc False Cause


#8. Missing the Point: In Missing the Point, the premise of the argument supports a specific conclusion but not the one the author draws.

Example: Antidepressants are overly prescribed which is dangerous, so they should clearly be made illegal.Missing the Point



#9. Spotlight Fallacy: This occurs when the author assumes that the cases that receive the most publicity are the most common cases.

Example: 90% of news reports talk about negative events. Therefore, it follows that 90% of events that occur in the real world are negative.


#10. Straw Man: In this fallacy, the author puts forth one of his opponent’s weaker, less central arguments forward and destroys it, while acting like this argument is the crux of the issue.

Person A: We should relax the laws on beer.
Person B: ‘No, any society with unrestricted access to intoxicants loses its work ethic and goes only for immediate gratification.straw-man-informal-logical-fallacy-full

UN Arabic Language Day – Video Competition

Did you know that December 18th is UN Arabic Language Day?

December 18 was the day Arabic became one of the working languages of the United Nations in 1973.
On this occasion, the International Institute of Debate (IIDebate) in Tunisia is planning on holding a national video marathon entitled; “Arabic Language to me is…”, where you would send us your 7 seconds video answering the question in Arabic and IIDebate will pick the best videos for a final 3 minutes video which will end with a motion on the issue, and the showcased entries will then choose a Pro or Con side to participate in a dialogue on the stance; Globalization is affecting Arabic Identity.
Identity is one of the main issue matters effecting Tunisian society and youth specifically, especially after the revolution. Tunisian culture has continued to evolve within a duality throughout history, given its geographical setting.
This multi-layered specificity and ever so more westernized thought that seems to portray with varying intensities the Tunisian cultural mindset and system is a dynamic amalgam that needs to be understood. This understanding requires a national introspection and hence a dialogue in order for the static to be appeased.
1. Take you camera or phone,
2. In 7 seconds, tell us what Arabic is to you (in Arabic),
3. Upload the video and send it to our facebook inbox or our email,
4. Deadline is December 17th,
5. If your video is picked ,we will notify you via Facebook,
6. You will then pick a side on the motion presented at the end of our video and participate in a dialogue in Tunis,
-Get filming!

The 9 Principles of Good Debating

These are 9 simple principles to be a good Debater.


  1. Questions or challenges should be professional. Insulting, condescending, or comments involving personal language or attacks are unacceptable.
  2. Critical analysis, synthesis, rhetorical skill, and wit are keys to debate success.
  3. Focus on the opposing side’s position or argument. Knowing the “other side” is critical for preparing strategies to refute your opponent’s arguments.
  4. Limit your arguments to three or less.
  5. Use logic to make your arguments. Present these arguments clearly and concisely.
  6. Know the common errors in thinking like logical fallacies and use them effectively in your refutation.
  7. Present the content accurately. Only use content that is pertinent to your point of view and draw on support from authoritative sources.
  8. Be certain of the validity of all external evidence presented for your arguments. Also, challenges to the validity of evidence should be made only on substantive grounds.
  9. Your rebuttal (or conclusion) in a debate is your final summary position. Use it as an opportunity to highlight important issues that indicate proof of your points or refute your opponent’s argument.

Share with us your tips for debate preparation and winning in the comments.