Workshops for the World Social Forum being held in Tunisia are focusing on women’s rights.

Presenting itself as a response to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual meeting brings together representatives of non-governmental organisations in opposition to the current economic order.

The forum kicked off on Tuesday with a parade of tens of thousands of activists through Tunis, including along the famed Bourguiba Avenue, where protesters brought down Tunisia’s dictatorship two years ago and kicked off the Arab Spring.

There has been a rise in Islamic conservatism in this North African nation, leading to fears that women’s rights would be restricted.

Minister of Social Affairs Khalil Zaouia said the forum gives Tunisia “a new post-revolutionary image.” — AP