Siwar Tebourbi (C), an 18-year-old Tunisian schoolgirl, walks with colleagues as they leave school in Bizerte on November 30, 2017. (AFP / FETHI BELAID)
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Women in Tunisia may be able to pass their family name on to their children and have equal inheritance with men if proposals, due to be finalized in February, are adopted in a country regarded as a leader for women's rights in the Arab world.The committee will present two proposals on inheritance, one providing for full equality between men and women and a second merely allowing women to request parity, Tunisia's TAP news agency reported earlier this month. Wafa Ben-Hassine, a Tunisian lawyer and women's rights advocate, applauded the prospect of further reform but cautioned that new laws must also be implemented on the ground.Men are still designated as head of the household and Tunisian girls do not receive an equal share of inheritance, according to HRW.
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