Located in North Africa and spread over a coastal region, mountains, a hilly steppe and even some of the Sahara Desert, Tunisia benefits from significant natural resources (including phosphate and petroleum), in addition to other diversified economic activities.These advantages have led to an upper-middle income classification for the small country. However, many important challenges are still present in Tunisia, impeding social, economic, and political progress. Perhaps most famously, Tunisia is where the Arab Spring began in 2010, which led to the overthrow of the government. Despite emerging from the Arab Spring as a democracy, the country still faces a number of challenges, including high unemployment, continued corruption, and outsized impacts of COVID-19 on one of its main revenue streams (tourism).
An intrinsic aspect of Eureka’s motivation is to promote and give visibility to local, national and regional content, in particular that of women, people of color and Indigenous people. This effort has a double objective: a) to promote representation and give visibility to voices that are unfortunately still marginalized, and b) to challenge dominant narratives based on content closer to local realities. Given the structural inequalities in both the publishing and cinema industry, we know that by default, people predominantly consume content produced by white men (and do so without realizing it). The first step is to make this systematically visible, so it can be taken into account in people’s choice. To do so, we are designing a “diverse representation notation” to be assigned to every book and movie listed in the platform, specifically in terms of authorship (i.e. female, male, non-binary, trans, other) and content (i.e. percentage of female vs. male dialogues). These notations will be based on how authors self-identify, and will be designed with the ability to become more complex in order to include new categories as needed.