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Authors

Sangeeta Sinha

Abstract

Tunisia is unique among Arab nations, due to the fact that women have been granted equal rights by the Constitution. Tunisia obtained its independence from France in 1956. During the colonial period, women were marginalized, and they little access to education. Economic activity was largely confined to the household, while wearing of the veil was widespread. Since 1956 Tunisian women have made great strides toward achieving greater rights, but has it been enough. This study describes the current status of women in Tunisia given the changing socio-political scene. Have women’s rights progressed or has they been hampered by cultural and religious forces in the region? The study finds that while women’s rights have not regressed, women have not made much inroads in the workplace. Further analysis using structural conditions is needed to understand the status of women in Tunisia.

Note on the Author

Sangeeta Sinha, Ph.D, is a sociologist, whose research focuses on development and social change in the developing regions. She has been studying human rights issues, especially genocide and women’s rights.

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