1993 Achievements

Right to testify at the notary

Women gained the right to testify in matters related to land registry. In 1993, Article 54 of the Land Registry Law, which confined the testimony at the notary to men, was amended to allow anyone who is 18 years of age or older to testify. However, women continue to be considered “minors” in the civil registry, with men being viewed as the legal head of the family, and their “wives and children registered under their family census records.” In the event of a divorce, women go back to being recorded under their father’s registry.