Mayssa Issaoui

Mayssa Issaoui

A journalist at Pressenza. A translator and an activist who holds an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a BA in English Language, Literature and Civilisation.

The latest Legislative Elections in Tunisia: The lowest voter turnout in the country’s history

The first round of legislative elections in Tunisia is over with a voting rate of 11.2%; around 1 million people out of the 9 million registered voters. This was the lowest voter turnout in the country’s history. What was supposed…

New legislative elections in Tunisia after a year with no parliament

After more than a year with no parliament, Tunisia is finally having its new legislative elections for new parliamentary representatives this December 17. These elections are happening unprecedentedly because of the Tunisian president’s decision of freezing the 2019 elected parliament…

Should we boycott the Qatar World Cup?

The Qatar World Cup has entered its third week. Yet, the demands to boycott this event have never ceased. Several campaigns started against Qatar because of its strict rules and its violations of migrants’ rights. It is the first time…

Reactions to Greta Thunberg’s boycott of COP27

COP27 has already started and entered its second week. Nevertheless, it has been met with various controversies which led some activists to boycott it, with Greta Thunberg being the most important person to do so. Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish…

Much ink has been spilled on COP27 in Egypt

Only a few weeks are left for the Conference of Parties (COP27) where Egypt is going to be the host country for this year. But this decision has been faced with several controversies and opposition from various civil society organisations.…

The MENA region opts for a “neutral” position concerning the protests in Iran

A month has passed since the protests in Iran erupted calling for women’s right to bodily autonomy as well as other fundamental freedoms. Several countries issued statements towards this condemning President Raisi’s violence against protestors and supporting women in Iran.…

Addressing mental health in children: is as important as addressing child labor: An interview with the founder of Smile Child Organisation in Kenya

The new political changes in Kenya and the period of political instability that the country has witnessed raise the question of whether the newly elected president and the government would address the issue of child labor and poverty in Kenya.…

Taliban’s conflict against women and girls’ rights in Afghanistan

August 2022 marked one year since the Taliban took over Afghanistan. That year has been defined by human rights violations, directed especially against women and girls. By Mayssa Issaoui and Matt Tipton On April 14, 2021, Joe Biden announced plans to…

Modern slavery, around 50 million people trapped according to latest ILO report

On September 12th, 2022, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) released their latest estimates and revealed that 50 million people worldwide are trapped in modern slavery with women (54%), children (1 in 4) and migrants most affected. Modern slavery Modern slavery…

Sri Lanka protests persist even after the election of a new president

On August 20th, there was another major protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The protests persisted even after the president fled the country and a new president was appointed. The protests started in March and are still ongoing. In March 2022,…

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