Tunisia has issued a banknote honouring the country’s first female doctor, Tawhida Ben Cheikh.

Abdelaziz bin Said, director of the public treasury of the Central Bank of Tunisia, said it was decided a year ago to dedicate the new 10 dinar note to the doctor and to “honour Tunisian women.”

Al Bawaba reports Bin Said said the release of the new banknote also comes at an opportune time to honour medical professionals who are at the frontline in Tunisia’s fight against COVID-19.

Ben Cheikh broke a number of boundaries for women in the North African country.

In 1928, she became the first woman to attain a high-school baccalaureate. She then went on to study medicine in Paris, France, reportedly becoming the first female doctor of modern medicine in North Africa.

Ben Cheikh eventually specialised in gynaecology and passed away at the age of 101 in December 2010.

Al Bawaba reports a study conducted in 2017, estimated only 15% of the world’s banknotes feature women.

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