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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Egypt parliament allocates 25% of seats to women
The Egyptian Parliament has approved an amendment to an article in the constitution to allocate 25 percent of seats to women, local daily Egypt Today reported. During the years of 1979, 1984 and 2010, when Egypt applied a quota for women in the...
Friday, November 29, 2019
Egypt: Launching "A Shuttered Public Sphere" campaign
Nazra for Feminist Studies launches a campaign entitled: “A Shuttered Public Sphere”, as part of the events of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign that starts on the 25th of November each year, which is the international...
Friday, March 15, 2019
Egypt: Position paper by Nazra on the constitutional amendments and women in politics
The government's disposition toward citizens' rights and freedoms is a measure of its openness and an indicator of the type of relationship it holds with them. The constitution stands as the most powerful reflection of that relationship. Egypt...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Egypt appoints first-ever female governor
Nadia Ahmed Abdou is the first female to be appointed governor in Egypt after she was sworn into office on Thursday as the head of the Nile Delta Governorate of Beheira. Abdou’s appointment is part of a limited cabinet reshuffle of nine ministers...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Egypt nominates Moushira Khattab for next UNESCO Director-General
A few months prior the UNESCO elections for the post of Director-General, Egypt decided to nominate the Egyptian ambassador and diplomat, Moushira Khattab to the post. The elections for a leader to fill the shoes of Irina Bokova (who has set her...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Egypt: Women Council Opposes Proposed Women Representation in Parliament
Women were angered by the percentage allocated to their representation in the future parliament according to the new parliament law, the National Council for Women said on Thursday. A committee formed by a presidential decree to draft this new law...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Egypt women: Rights on paper, not yet on ground
Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on...
Monday, March 10, 2014
Egypt 'needs more women in politics'
A new effort is under way in Egypt to engage more women in political life, to try to prepare them for future electoral contests. There have been longstanding complaints about the lack of female representation in Egypt's parliament and cabinet.   We...
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Egyptian Women aim for 100 parliamentary seats
The Egyptian Feminist Union (EFU) announced Sunday the initiation of a 16 week campaign to raise EGP 30m to support female candidates running for the 2014 House of Representatives elections. The campaign’s aim is to help 100 female candidates. The...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Egypt’s 'Muslim Sisterhood' moves from social work to politics
The Muslim Sisterhood, which remains under-reported, is a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. But is it an organization that has a weight similar to that of the Brotherhood, or does it merely support the Brotherhood in times of need? The Muslim...
Monday, September 16, 2013
Egyptian state-run women's council calls for quota of women MPs
The National Council for Women called on the committee which is drafting Egypt’s constitution to include a quota for women in parliament, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported on Monday.     The state-run body organised a meeting on Monday to...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Egypt: The Path to Real Participation of Women Yes to Quota
Egyptian Women struggled for over 6 decades in order to obtain the right to political participation as voters and candidates, which was achieved through being stipulated in the Constitution 1956. This resulted in the participation of women in the...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Egypt: Council - Women Were Marginalized Under Brotherhood's Rule
Ambassador Mervat Talawi, the National Council for Women's head, called on all countries to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood's crimes to terrorize citizens and cause instability and turbulence in Egypt. Women were the first to suffer for a whole...
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Egyptian Wants More Women in Politics
Director of Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT) in Cairo, since 1990 Kamel has prepared Egyptian women to run for political office while advocating laws that uphold women's rights and criminalize domestic violence. During the...
Monday, July 01, 2013
Egypt Tahrir Square Sexual Assaults Widespread, Women's Groups Warn
Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment, an Egyptian women's group set up in the wake of numerous sex attacks during Egypt's first round of protests, said it had 44 reported cases of assault on women in Tahrir Square, the highest number in their history,...
Thursday, April 04, 2013
EGYPT: Women in Post- Revolutionary Egypt Must be Free from Fear of Sexual Violence – UN Envoy
A United Nations envoy today expressed dismay at the sexual attacks on women protesters in Egypt, as well as the messages from prominent religious and political leaders that women are to blame. “Egypt’s story in the post-revolutionary period cannot...
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Egypt: Egyptian women seek broader political role
Human rights activists and civil society organisations continue to seek stronger political representation for Egyptian women in parliament, ahead of elections for the lower house of the legislative authority this year. The Shura Council, which holds...
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Egypt: Women’s groups troubled by draft elections law
The National Front for Egypt’s Women announced its rejection of the draft elections law on Sunday, which does not guarantee any representation for women. After being amended by the Shura Council, the draft elections law was sent to the Supreme...

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