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Combating discrimination against women: experts propose new draft laws for 7 Arab countries.

09/12/2019 16:28, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- " Combating discrimination and violence against women in legislation" was the slogan of the regional round table of experts held on Monday in Tunis as part of the regional programme on "Combating violence against women in the southern Mediterranean" launched by the Euro-Mediterranean feminist initiative and a coalition of 9 organisations concerned with women's rights in 7 countries, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine.

At this regional meeting, experts proposed alternative bills that would replace the laws that they had identified as discriminatory against women in the legislation of the seven Arab countries.

In a statement to TAP, Professor of Constitutional Law, Salsabil Klibi, said that the draft laws alternative to discriminatory laws, which were prepared by experts at this regional round table, will be presented to the authorities and political parties at the closing of the regional forum to combat discrimination against women in legislation to be held from tomorrow, Tuesday, and will continue for two days.

Klibi pointed out that the experts identified many discriminatory laws that exist in the legislation of most southern Mediterranean countries, adding that these laws particularly concern the family, public space and the economic and political fields.

They are laws related to polygamy, the minimum age for marriage and parental consent, which is required even for adult women.

Laws that discriminate against women also include gender discrimination in career advancement and employment in the private and public sectors.

The Secretary General of the association "Tunisian Women for Development Research", Mounira Hammami, said that Tunisia was an example to follow in terms of legislation related to the fight against discrimination against women. "There are, however, some discriminatory laws in Tunisia that need to be amended, including the law on equality in inheritance and the law on dowry before the consumption of marriage," she said.

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Date:Dec 9, 2019
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