Tunisia, thanks to the commitment and radical courage of its women, is the most egalitarian country in the Arab world.
Today, 13 August, is a very special day for Tunisian society; they celebrate Women’s Day and in particular commemorate the Personal Status Code. Each celebration is a true explosion of color and joy, as well as an ideal moment to interact with the communicative inhabitants of this wonderful country.
If you are planning to travel to Tunisia, take a pencil and paper; travelling not only involves leisure, but also learning more about the culture and history of the country we want to visit.
More than 60 years ago, the Church and the State in Tunisia separated and thanks to advanced legislation, women today play a fundamental role in Tunisian society, being able to vote, have an abortion, marry whoever they want, divorce, set up businesses, demand wages equal to those of men or choose whether or not to wear the hijab.
The right to equality and women’s empowerment are issues that are particularly important to us at Moneytrans and we therefore share some of the particularities that make Tunisia a place that embraces modernity and gives women the place they deserve.
1-Right to vote:
Since 1957, Tunisian women have been able to elect their political representatives from the age of 18. This universal right was established by the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba shortly after Tunisia’s declaration of independence. Women today have an active presence in political and civil society and contribute to the development of the country.
2-Right and access to education:
School enrolment became compulsory (between 6 and 16 years of age), public and free for children of all social classes with the arrival of Habib Bourguiba in power.
Universities have become the real key to change and development in Tunisia. The main university cities are Tunis capital, Susa, Monastir and Sfax; the women being the majority in these university classrooms.
3-Empowerment of women:
1956 opened the door to women entrepreneurs, which is why it is becoming increasingly common to find Tunisian women executives on the streets of the capital. A special mention of the government’s initiative to encourage the hiring of young people, allowing women to retire at 55 and receive 80% of the salary.
4- Personal Status Code:
Such radical legislation in the Arab world prohibits polygamy and gives women almost the same rights as men, including the right to divorce. Men can only legally have one wife in Tunisia. The legal age for marriage is 17 and it is no longer the mothers of future couples who are responsible for matching them.
5-Right to abortion:
In 1973, abortion was legalized up to 3 months, for any reason and at the exclusive request of the woman. It is practiced in public health care and is free of charge.
6-Fight against gender-based violence:
In 2017, Tunisia adopted an ambitious and pioneering law against gender-based violence. It is one of the greatest advances in women’s rights.
Thanks to these improvements, more and more women are travelling alone or in groups to Tunisia.
Tunisia’s Minister of Tourism, Selma Elloumi, has announced that the country expects a record number of tourists in 2018, about 8 million. Whether it be its coast – the beautiful village of Sidi Bou Said is a perfect example – or its historic cities, such as Bizerta, Tunisia offers countless attractive options for travellers.
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If you also dare to visit the most democratic country in Africa, we would like to give you some tips because the official currency of the country is the dinar and it is important to compare the commissions and the rates offered to you to save as much as possible.
Where can I change money? Nowadays you can exchange money in currency exchange offices (cheaper than banks) or directly online.
If you are travelling from Spain, we recommend the services of Change Center, a company specialized in currency exchange since 1991 and with many advantages (low cost, speed, comfort).
If you are planning a trip from Belgium, do not hesitate to take a look at our website as we offer a currency exchange service in our own offices and online. Simple, economical and fast.
Travellers cheques are also accepted in Tunisia and can be cashed without commission, except at the Arab International Bank of Tunisia, and credit cards in hotels and restaurants, which can also be used at the extensive network of ATMs in all Tunisian cities.
If you prefer the latter option, we recommend our prepaid MasterCard EasyCard: it is a card that you can top up with the amount you need for your holidays and is not linked to your bank account; so you will travel safer and more relaxed!
They say that the light of Tunisia makes you happy. If you want to see for yourself, see you there!