To further combat entrenched discrimination against women, the government should also address discriminatory provisions in the personal status law. Although Tunisia has one of the most progressive personal status laws in the region, the code still designates the man as the head of the household and denies Tunisian daughters an equal share of an inheritance with their brothers, and in some cases with other male family members.

While Tunisia’s Personal Status Code sets equal marriage conditions for both men and women, a 1973 administrative directive forbids the registration of a marriage of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim man. It includes no such restriction on Muslim men.

“By enacting this new law, the Tunisian authorities have shown a commitment to the rights of women and are setting a standard that many others would do well to follow,” Guellali said. “But other steps are needed for full equality.”