Tunisia guarantees gender equality in the draft Constitution

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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>Tunisia National Assembly has approved with a large majority of votes an article in the draft Constitution that would guarantee gender equality in the country. The new Constitution should be adopted next week.

The new Article 20 states: “All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination”. Women’s rights activists in Tunisia have hailed the approval of the article despite some international voices consider that the sentence is too vague.

It is a fact that national Constitutions have a significant impact on women. Last December, the UN Women launched a new international database which gives a comprehensive overview of women rights provisions in constitutions worldwide. Check here the current situation in Tunisia and compare it with other regional and international countries.

Read the AFP’s article for more information.