Tunisia ends ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims
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Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims, the presidency said Thursday.
The announcement comes a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to scrap the ban dating back to 1973.
Until now a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof.
This is huge! Thank you #Tunisia! Lead the way. Muslim women everywhere are watching. ????✊????❤️Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) September 14, 2017
Human rights groups in the North African country had campaigned for the ban's abolition, saying it undermined the fundamental human right to choose a spouse.
Tunisia is viewed as being ahead of most Arab countries on women's rights, but there is still discrimination particularly in matters of inheritance.
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