Saturday, August 16, 2008

Tunisian Women

Tunisian women celebrated their national "Women's Day" on 13th August, which commemorates the day back in 1957 when "... the Personal Status Law was promulgated and hailed as a great step forward by the predominantly Muslim North African country."

Now here is something that you may not be aware of: " ... Tunisia [is] regarded as the most advanced Arab country in women's rights and political, social and economic empowerment ..."

From Gulf News:
Leila Ben Ali, the wife of President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, was reported as saying: "Tunisian women have become a bright image of a vivacious forward-moving nation and an excellent model of progress and modernism. They are increasingly involved in all economic sectors, now assume greater responsibilities and hold more decision-making positions."

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