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In some Muslim nations and societies, they have decided to not oppress women at all. It is important to remember that even if there is still oppression of women in these countries, these countries do have laws prohibiting it. The new Tunisian Constitution gives Arabian men and women equal rights. The new law protects the laws women won in 1959. The laws made in 1959 gave women the right to divorce, to marry by choice, and ends polygamy. It will ensure gender equality at workplace. It will also guarantee equality between men and women in government jobs, which is different compared to Western countries. Because of organizations and the support of UN women, the laws in Tunisia were passed. The members of the AFTD and NGO’s have strong opinions about gender equality, which have allowed them to advocate their opinion in their community. The CREDIF organize events, which help bring important people (without them, the voting process would not be complete) together. The UN Women and MoWFA and the Wilson Center want to have exchange of gender equality principles between the countries near Tunisia. Other countries have also taken the lead and no longer oppress women. One of these countries include Morocco. Ten years ago, the Moroccan government established a new family code, which was recognized by activists as a huge step towards gender equality. This changed code outlawed the “three-word” word, which allows a husband to divorce his wife with three words, restricted the number of wives a husband could have, and the legal marriage age, which is now 18. In addition, three years ago, Morocco passed a new constitution, which promised gender equality. Even though those new codes and constitution would help, activists still have a long way to g...

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...nations. In Middle Eastern and North African, physical abuse is prohibited but there is no protection about domestic violence or spousal rape. Women do not want to share their experiences since they may dishonor their family and reputation. If the woman does choose to seek assistance from the police, they hesitate since it seems like the police would not stop the violence and protect the woman. Instead the police would try to find a solution. There are some laws that help female victims of domestic abuse and more and more countries are changing, in order to combat domestic violence. The UAE founded the first government-sponsored shelter for abused women and children in 2007. Basically, the increasing amount of women leaders will help and the new laws and code shows that it is possible and changing the beliefs in people is the only thing holding gender equality back.

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