Author(s) / Creator(s)

Walid ZarradFollow


Rhetoric and Composition Department

Description or Abstract

In their path towards emancipation and equal rights, Tunisian women have gone through a number of phases that seem to be directly linked to legal changes and cultural factors. In fact, the Code of Personal Status (CPS) of 1956 seems to be a milestone in the women’s movement, and its following amendments continued on this path. However, it is a lot more complex than that. A piece of legislation officially passing is not a simple determinant of the state of Women’s Rights in a country.

Through Dorra Mahfoudh Draoui’s “Report on Gender and Marriage in Tunisian Society” and my interview with my aunt, whom I ask about instances of underage marriage, forced marriage, and women’s oppression in our family, I dive deeper into these legal and cultural complexities.

With this project, I aim to give perspective to the Women's Rights movement in Tunisia with a focus on the question of marriage. This is my attempt at transcribing and reflecting on a personal experience with the aim to contextualize a certain movement. It is, however, necessary for me to point out that I am not a woman and therefore my take on the topic is merely observational and analytical, not personal.

The interview was conducted on December 18th, 2020 in Tunis.


Women's Rights, Tunisia, Marriage, Feminism, Forced Marriage, Underage Marriage, Gender, Oral Interview, North Africa, Law


I would like to thank my aunt, Najah, for showing me what true resilience and heart look like.

I also thank my professor, Dr. Gretchen McCullough, for believing in me and pushing me to be my best.

To my late aunt, Emel, who shined through no matter the obstacles. You inspire me to Hope.

To my mother, Imen, the symbol of strength and creativity in my life. You give me Faith.

Faculty Advisor

Gretchen McCullough



Content Type



13 p.