During Egypt’s revolution, thousands of women joined men in the streets to promote democratic reform. Now, as the country prepares for its first post-revolution parliamentary elections this fall, women are seeking to participate equally in the challenges of governing.
Women running for office in Egypt will face many obstacles presented by both custom and law. The new interim government, for example, has eliminated a requirement from the last parliamentary elections that 64 seats, about 12.5 percent of the total, go to women. However, it has maintained a requirement that 50 percent of the parliament be made up of farmers or workers, categories that traditionally do not include many women.