Algerian women took a crucial role in the country's independence from French rule during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Driven by their indomitable determination to liberate Algeria, women took on various roles: They were fighters, nurses, cooks, liaison agents, and mediators. On July 5, 1962, the revolution came to an end, and Algeria gained its independence. In the years following independence, Algerian women from all social classes continued to be involved in national politics. They were committed to confronting the subjugation of women and the systematic exclusion from politics by former comrades-in-arms whose goal was to restore the old power hierarchies and expose Algerian women to various forms of violence. To date, however, they have not yet achieved their goal of social and political equality, despite numerous advances and setbacks over the years.

 

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