Bouteflika announces revision of Algerian family code

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika disclosed here Tuesday that new provisions would soon be introduced into the Algerian family code to "balance out the rights and obligations of both spouses".
Bouteflika, who was speaking during a debate on gender parity at the third conference of African heads of state said the move was aimed at bringing the duties of spouses into line with the constitution, international commitments and modern values.
"Today, the mass schooling of girls at all levels of education is assured.
The number of working women has increased significantly, including access to political and economic positions," Bouteflika said.
He said in Algeria today, women account for more than 50 per cent of the student population at the university and 30 per cent of magistrates and more than 55 per cent of journalists.
Bouteflika expressed satisfaction with measures taken by the AU commission to associate women in its human resource policy, particularly towards gender parity in the devolution of responsibilities.
"There is no doubt that the Commission's pioneering role will inspire governments and civil societies to give more attention to the role played by African women in nation building," he averred.

06 july 2004 23:38:00

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