Women’s Rights in Tunisia: The Limits of an Exception

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the IRC hosted “Women’s Rights in Tunisia: The Limits of an Exception.” Dr. Omar Fassatoui, an attorney, lauded Tunisia’s progressive Code of Personal Status, a set of laws that changed family law and the legal status of women, but he emphasized that more work needs to be done to reduce gender inequality. These challenges include Increasing women’s representation in politics, abiding by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, ending discrimination against non-Muslim women and granting rural and urban women equal social, educational and professional opportunities.