Tunisia’s first freely elected president, Beji Caed Essibsi, passed away in July, leaving a legacy of ground-breaking changes in how women are treated in this Arab country.
While he was in office, the country’s parliament passed a bill introducing new criminal provisions and increasing penalties for multiple violations against women. Essibsi helped change a law banning Muslim women in his country from marrying outside their faith. He also pushed for equal inheritance rights for women and men.
President Beji Caed Essibsi died at age 92.