Tunisia votes for gender equality in new charter

Tunisia votes for gender equality in new charter

Tunisian Islamist MP and General Rapporteur of the constitution Khedher Habib (centre) speaks with his colleagues during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly on January 3, 2014 in Tunis  (AFP, Fethi Belaid)

Tunisian Islamist MP and General Rapporteur of the constitution Khedher Habib (centre) speaks with his colleagues during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly on January 3, 2014 in Tunis
(AFP, Fethi Belaid)

AFP — Tunisia’s national assembly on Monday approved an article in the draft constitution that would guarantee gender equality “without discrimination” in the Muslim nation.

“All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination,” states article 20 of the new charter, which was approved by 159 lawmakers out the 169 who voted.

 

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