Women in Tunisia may be able to pass their family name on to their children and have equal inheritance with men if proposals, due to be finalised in February, are adopted in a country regarded as a leader for women’s rights in the Arab world.
The Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality, set up in August, will present its recommendations on Feb. 20 to the president.
“Tunisia is once again pioneering and irreversibly moving towards advancement,” the committee’s chairwoman Bochra Bel Haj Hmida told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in emailed comments.
“The issue of the right of children to add the title of their mother has been discussed … All discriminatory laws in the family space and public space are included in the commission’s tasks.”
Women in the north African country are eagerly anticipating the proposals, following gains in 2017 that lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men and an end to a law that let rapists escape punishment by marrying their victims.