Women’s And Family Day

Women’s and Family Day is a holiday observed in Tunisia annually on the 13th of August. This holiday is also known simply as National Women’s Day and commemorates the adoption of the Code of Personal Status in the country. This was a series of progressive laws aimed at creating equality between men and women after Tunisia gained its independence.

Even though this holiday is widely celebrated across Tunisia, it is not a public holiday, and as such, it is a normal working day for the general population. It is a day on which many women lobby for even more progressive reforms in the country.

The History of Women’s and Family Day in Tunisia

In 1956, the Tunisian Code of Personal Status was enacted in Tunisia, introducing several progressive reforms. These include a woman’s right to seek a divorce, raising the marriageable age of a girl to 17 years old, banning polygamy, and improving societal conditions for women. Originally known simply as Women’s Day, this holiday has evolved into Women’s and Family Day, and it is an important holiday in Tunisia, although it is not a public holiday.

Observing Women’s and Family Day in Tunisia

Even though this holiday is not an “official” public holiday, it is still a holiday that is enjoyed with a lot of enthusiasm. On this day, the Sahara Festival is held, and tourists from all around the world come to see it. It is also a day full of camel races, open-air concerts, and festivals.

Most importantly, however, it is a day for people to spend time with their family. After all, in Tunisia, the family unit is extremely important and is the glue that holds society together. On social media, the hashtag #WomensAndFamilyDayTunisia can be used to spread the word about this holiday across the internet.

Where is it celebrated?
Tunisia (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 13 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
August 13 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
August 13 Sunday