Tunisia’s president Beji Caid Essebsi has led a campaign for gender equality since taking office in December 2014. In pushing for the ban to be lifted, Beji Caid Essebsi argued that it contravened Tunisia’s 2014 constitution which was created following the Arab Spring protests at the turn of the decade.
'The state is obliged to achieve full equality between women and men and to ensure equal opportunities for all responsibilities,' Beji Caid Essebsi said on Tunisia’s National Women’s Day in August when he announced gender equality proposals, including scrapping the ban. After the ban was lifted, a presidential spokeswoman congratulated women in the country for the 'enshrinement of the right to the freedom to choose one’s spouse.'"
Read article by Yomi Kazeem from Quartz.