TUNIS, Tunisia -- The new constituent assembly that will emerge from Tunisia's landmark elections this weekend will, without a doubt, have one of the highest percentages of female members of any Middle Eastern parliament.

But for the female activists of Tunisia, which has long distinguished itself from the rest of the Arab world for its progressive policies of equality, it is not enough.

The laws governing Tunisia's first free elections as an independent state mandate that every electoral list must include half women, but only 6 percent of the more than a 1,000 lists are actually headed by women.

Since in many cases only the first person in each list will gain a seat, the new elected body that will write the country's constitution will doubtlessly be still heavily weighted towards men.