Ten years ago, there was a wave of optimism known as the Arab Spring. Change was coming to the region following the tragic death in Tunisia of Mohammed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010 which led to a wave of protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Women played a crucial role in the protests. The European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity interviewed four social democratic women activists from some of the countries of the Arab Spring. Each of them describes how under the auspices of the Arab Spring they were able to put women’s rights on top of the agenda. How much of the changes were these women activists able to sustain? Read the full report here .