Tunisian women march for inheritance
Hundreds of women took to the streets in the Tunisian capital on March 10 to demand equal inheritance rights as men, a subject often seen as taboo in the Arab world.
The North African Muslim country grants women more rights than other countries in the region, and since last year has allowed Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.
But the protestors marching to the parliament building in Tunis on March 10 said they wanted to be compared with European women and to be entitled to the same inheritance rights.
Joined by some men, they carried slogans such as “In a civil state I take exactly what you take,” demanding an end to inheritance laws based on Islamic law. This usually grants men the double of what women get.
“It is true that Tunisian women have more rights compared to other Arab women but we want to be compared with European women,” said Kaouther Boulila, an activist.
In August, President Beji Caid Essbsi, a secular politician, set up a committee to draft proposals to advance women’s rights.