Tunisia: national march for gender rights in inheritance law

On March 10 for 'equality - a right, not a privilege'

01 March, 14:03

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, MARCH 1 - The Tunisian coalition for equality in inheritance laws, which groups various feminist and human rights associations, NGOs and unions representing a range of different professions, has announced a national demonstration on March 10 in Tunis to support the initiative proposed by President Beji Caid Essebsi.

    Essebsi launched on August 13 last year, a day to celebrate women, a plan to pass a reform to attain gender equality in inheritance laws.

    The march will start in Bab Saadoun until Parliament under the slogan 'Equality - a right, not a privilege'.

    The president's proposal sparked a controversy among conservatives in Tunisia because inheritance law in Islam is a controversial issue. The Koran says that women have a right to half of the inheritance that is owed to men. Essebsi has set up a Commission on individual freedoms and gender equality to draft a detailed report and facilitate the implementation of reforms for freedom and gender equality.

    The Commission was supposed to present its conclusions on February 20 but asked for a postponement after municipal elections on May 6 to widen consultations and because "this project of civilization should not be an issue of electoral tension", said the Commission's president, Bochra Bel Haj Hamida. (ANSAmed).

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