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This summer, Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi rolled back some of the restrictions on women’s rights.A ninety-year-old trained lawyer and former militant, Essebsi may not seem the part of a revolutionary fighting to take down patriarchal structures."I took those warnings to heart, the focus on purity before marriage is so pervasive in our society that I didn't even question it," the female engineer added.
Article 21 of the 2014 Tunisian constitution stipulated that: “Male and female citizens are equal in rights and duties.Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, was also the first to repeal the “marry the rapist” laws and has led the way in promoting women’s rights across the region.To some extent, Tunisian women have long had more rights than their counterparts in neighboring countries.But while this has brought relative freedom and representative government, feminists still believe they have a long fight ahead of them."After the revolution, the country became more religiously conservative with the political Islamic group Ennahdha - one of the main parties in government" the female engineer said.
Unlike in many Arab countries, women in Tunisia are free to wear clothing of their choosing.