Tunisia is getting ready to examine an unprecedented text in the Arab world allowing women to inherit as much as men. Many countries around the world today have unequal inheritance practices. It could be a small revolution. In Tunisia, President Béji Caïd Essebsi announced on August 13, his support for a bill allowing equality before inheritance. So far in this country, a man inherits in principle the double of a woman in a family. Tunisian associations fighting for women’s rights place great hope in this unpublished text. And cross your fingers so that neighboring countries, especially Morocco, follow the same path. But it is not only Tunisians who do not have the same rights as men in inheritance.
This sexist discrimination is present in different parts of the globe, beyond the Arab world. Among the states that prevent women from accessing equal inheritance, are many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. This is particularly the case in Algeria, Iraq, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, but also in Iran and Lebanon. Similar laws also exist in sub-Saharan Africa in countries such as Nigeria, Malawi or Chad. Same discriminatory treatment of women in Bangladesh and Pakistan. “Stop the war on women” as one of the placards mentioned in the heart of Tunis. Many went out to show their support for equality between men and women in inheritance.