Algeria has a law designed to defend women from being made homeless by divorce; a prospect heightened by a severe housing shortage. Advocates, however, say the law is not enforced and women are still winding up in the streets.
La laïcité en Algérie est à la fois une idée ancienne et neuve. Plongeant ses racines dans une pratique sociale ancestrale, à la marge de l'Etat, cette idée, aujourd'hui synonyme de modernité, fut chahutée par le colonialisme.
The Association Féminine pour l’Epanouissement de la Personne et l’Exercice de la Citoyenneté (AFEPEC) has campaigned for women's rights for over 20 years. On 6 Feb. AFEPEC was ordered to leave the premises they have occupied since 2003.
In her report, Professor Yakin Ertürk, noted that recent surveys reveal that violence against women is a major concern in Algeria in both the home and the public space. However, this serious human rights concern remains largely invisible.
SOS Women in Trouble offers victims both shelter and training and one of their greatest successes was getting the police to work with them. However, there are continuing challenges ahead, one of which is legal and involves amendments to the Family Code.