Egyptian women participated in large numbers during the first day of the presidential election Monday, in some cases even heading to voting stations at 7 a.m., two hours before polls were due to open.
The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR), a local organization monitoring the elections, said Monday that women were “leading the elections”, as 24 million women are entitled to vote—nearly half of all 53,909,306 eligible voters.
Also, the Lawyers Syndicate, which is monitoring elections, said it had tracked a high turnout of women voters, especially in rural areas. This has proven “their awareness and willingness to participate in choosing their next president,” said syndicate member Tarek Ibrahim in a press statement reported by El-Badil news website Monday.
“Women’s turnout was surprising in Cairo and Giza, as it is usually expected to be higher in other governorates,” ECWR Chairwoman Nehad Abo el-Komsan told Al-Nahar channel.
Additionally, the National Council for Women’s Rights (NCWR) posted pictures of women casting their votes, as well as celebrities and several posters with slogans encouraging women to vote and hotline numbers to file complaints with the NCWR.