FROM Rothna Begum
Landmark Tunisian law aims to protect women from violence A Tunisian woman holds up a flag during a march to celebrate International Women's Day in Tunis March 8, 2014 Photo by Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters Tunisia has been a pioneer for women's rights in the Arab World since 1956, when it approved divorce and outlawed polygamy. Now, it's taken another major step forward with new protections against domestic abuse — outlawing violence against women and enacting new penalties against their abusers. Rothna Begum, who researches women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa for Human Rights Watch , says the law will have important implications for the whole region.
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