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Tunisia

  • By: Michele C. Arista
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Tunisia, a country located in north Africa, is bordered by Algeria to the west and Libya to the southeast. It has been considered a leader among developing countries, boasting some of the lowest maternal mortality and birth mortality rates in the Arab world. Tunisian women enjoy many rights, such as the right to consent to a monogamous marriage or divorce. Family planning is government sponsored, trained midwives are available, and educational attainment for women is high.

Greater Freedom for Mothers

Valentine Moghadam relates that women's rights have been drastically altered by the abolishment of polygamy and access to free birth control, as well as legal abortions in the first trimester. The average age at marriage has increased to age 25 and the average family size is four ...

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