Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation

Gender Inequality

Gender Equality in Tunisia: Forward or Backward?

Day 7 of the 16 Days Blogging Series:

Since the early 20th century, Tunisian women played a key role in securing the independence of their country. August 13, 1956, marked the promulgation of the Code of Personal Status (CPS) that included progressive laws aiming at the institution of gender equality. The Code is known for abolishing polygamy, creating a judicial procedure for divorce, the regulation of family law, marriage, social security, and abortion, among other issues. It also gave women a status that allows them to create their own businesses, have a bank account and the ability to have their own passports.

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