"Here’s to a medical trailblazer who made huge strides for gender equality in Tunisia and beyond." - Google
Google has given a spotlight to Tunisian doctor, Tawhida Ben Cheikh with regards to her achievements in the medical field in a form of a Google doodle.
Denoting the one-year commemoration of her appearance on Tunisia's 10-dinar bill, and honoring her as a feminist and pioneer, Google unveiled a doodle with the late doctor's illustration wearing a stethoscope around her neck.
Doctor Ben Cheikh, who died in 2010 is now honorably remembered as her doodle shows up on the search engine in various nations around the Mena district, including Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Who was Tawhida Ben Cheikh?
Born in Tunis on 1909, a doctor and activist who is widely known as the first female doctor in the North African country.
She was the first Tunisian woman who graduated secondary school in 1928 and proceeded to higher education, evading the assumptions common for women at that time that no woman could go that far. Her hard work, determination and diligence earned her a medical degree at the age of 27 in France.
In 1936, Ben Cheikh made a great move that would change Tunisian medication by giving more prominent admittance to present day medical care. Returning home in the wake of procuring her physician certification, she opened her own free clinic for female patients and children.
In 1955, she became the head of the Maternity Department of Charles-Nichole Hospital and founded the first Tunisia's Family Planning Clinic in 1970.
Aside from her medical role, she was as well a social activist. She founded the first French-language women's magazine in Tunisia called Leïla, which made her an icon for women in the region.