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Children born out of wedlock in Tunisia : a de-institutionalisation process

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Abstract: Institutional and legal background Tunisia has devoted a good deal of time and effort to improving the legal status and wellbeing of children born out of wedlock. Since its independence in 1956, Tunisia has promulgated different laws to address the issues surrounding out-of-wedlock children, which include adoption, maternal identity, mothers’ parental authority and identification of fathers through DNA testing. These laws have legitimised out-of-wedlock children as citizens under the protection of the State. However, in a country where having a child out of wedlock is not culturally accepted, the spirit in which these laws are applied might not always serve the best interests of the child. This article discusses the history and current political situation as well as possible alternatives for children born out of wedlock.
Authors: Fornara, M.L. , Skhiri, H.
Country: Tunisia
Category: Policy
End Page: 54
Serial number: 105
ISSN: 1387-9553
Journal: Early Childhood Matters
Keywords: children , civil society , infrastructure , policy
Language: eng
Organization: Bernard van Leer Foundation
Year: 2005
Region: North Africa
Right: © 2005 Bernard van Leer Foundation
Subject: Social and Political Change
Start Page: 52
Title: Children born out of wedlock in Tunisia : a de-institutionalisation process