Nadia Ait Zai


Nadia Ait Zai is a lecturer in family law at Algiers University, a committed campaigner for women’s rights in the Maghreb and founder of the “Centre d’Information et de Documentation sur les Droits de l’Enfant et de la Femme” (CIDDEF) in Algiers, which was set up to document the history of the women’s movement—in Algeria, in the Maghreb, in Europe and worldwide. She is a founding member of the Collectif Maghreb Egalite. Among other things, she is co-author of “100 Proposals for an Alternative Islamic Family Code in the Maghreb” and “Dalil pour l’egalite dans la Famille au Maghreb” (2003)—a publication sponsored by UNIFEM, Oxfam, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. She is also a co-author of Algeria’s first official survey on violence against women, published in 2005 by the Institut National de Sante Publique.