Tunisia Lifts Ban on Muslim Women Marrying Non-Muslims

19 Sep 2017

Euromed Feminist Initiative congratulates activists, women’s rights and civil society organizations in Tunisia for their remarkable efforts in the abolishment of the marriage restriction decree that was put in place in 1973. Whereas it was announced by a spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi that Tunisia has abolished the ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims. The announcement came a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi demanded the government to scrap the marriage restriction decree dating back to 1973. He said in a speech last month, during celebrations of the National Women’s Day, that the marriage law was "an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse".