Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims

 

Tunisia has lifted a 44-year ban preventing Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims. As Tunisia’s president Beji Caid Essebsi has led a campaign for gender equality since taking office in December 2014. The announcement came a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to lift the ban dating back to 1973, arguing that existing practice violates Tunisia’s constitution, adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution. He created a commission, led by a female lawyer and rights activists, aimed at drafting revised rules.

Until now a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Muslim Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof while a Muslim Tunisian man is allowed to marry a non-Muslim woman.