Former president Bourguiba’s standing as father of Tunisian feminism has come under scrutiny.
The 1970s and 1980s saw a new genre of popular protest - its spirit would be felt even in 2011 when protests toppled a dictator.
Essebsi made three master strokes which mean his legacy will have a lasting impact.
Saudi Arabia has arrested a number of feminists, while bringing in reforms for women. An expert argues why this goes to show that the kingdom remains adamant on not opening space for more voices.