Algeria is a country in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast.
After a prolonged rule by France, Algeria obtained independence from France in 1962.
In the aftermath of the war, women maintained their new-found emancipation and became more involved in the development of the new state.
Among the countries of the region, Algeria is regarded as a relatively liberal nation and the status of women reflects this.
In Algeria, as in the rest of the Middle East, women are traditionally regarded as weaker than men and expected to be subordinate to men.
Algeria also has a strong culture of family honor, which is connected to women's modesty.
Post-Independence, North African and Algerian women enjoy many more human rights than their counterparts in neighboring and other African countries.