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Egypt's women 'under-represented in reforms'

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Egypt's women 'under-represented in reforms'


Female faces were clearly visible among the crowds of demonstrators in Tahrir Square. It is estimated they made up a quarter of the million-or-so people who maintained their protest in the square for 18 days.

It was a surprising development for Egypt, where women’s rights have never been at the forefront of the political agenda.

Women were just as much victims of the repressive Mubarak regime as men – but women faced additional legal discrimination.

But women have all but disappeared from the scene since the protests achieved their aim and set in motion a political transition.

The committee for constitutional reform is made up entirely of men.

For some, the wording of Article 75 of the constitution is inherently sexist. It reads: ‘The Egyptian president must be born of two Egyptian parents, and should not have a non-Egyptian wife.’

A coalition of campaign groups has suggested the text be re-worded to say “should not marry a non-Egyptian national.”

The uprising which ended in the fall of the Mubarak regime has made Egyptian women more conscious of their own rights. But they risk being the big losers in the reforms that are underway.

> The fight for women’s rights in Egypt

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