This study (published in the issue 34 of the journal Omran) examines the issue of Algerian women’s rights within the system of political reform that the country has seen since independence. These rights have been governed in part by the struggle against political despotism and in part by competition between the Algerian regime’s sloganeering exploitation of women’s rights to oppose political Islam, and the Islamists’ attempted linkage of religious identity with women’s rights in order to counter a perceived alienation of Algerian society and continuation of the culture of the colonial era. In the midst of this fray Algerian women were able to extract a set of rights associated with individual freedoms even as Islamic currents remained greatly influential, among the populace at large and in the political arena, in discussions of the notion of women’s full equal rights with men. This contributed to confusing the public regarding the notion of personal freedoms.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.