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Not enough women in Egypt's new cabinet: NWC

Having just four women in the new cabinet goes against President El-Sisi's claims that more women should hold important posts, says National Women's Council (NCW)

Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Jun 2014
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Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) criticised on Tuesday the low number of women in the country's newly-appointed cabinet, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

Out of the 31 ministers who were sworn-in early Tuesday, only four were women – inconsistent with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's inaugural speech, in which he stressed the importance of women holding decision-making positions, the NCW pointed out.

The council said it had been expecting a higher representation of women than in recent years, adding that Egypt has plenty of capable and qualified women who can take on government posts and be on an equal footing with men.

The former cabinet also saw just four women holding portfolios.

The women in the new cabinet are Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly, Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskandar, Minister of International Cooperation Naglaa El-Ahwany and Minister of Manpower Nahed El-Ashri.

The new government – the third since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 – is led by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and retains 21 ministers, one of whom will hold a new portfolio, and introduces 13 new ones.

The council was hopeful that women's roles in public life would increase after El-Sisi's electoral victory last month, especially after the ex-army chief paid a visit to the council in April as part of his presidential campaign.

The meeting dealt with the representation of women in upcoming parliamentary elections, the NCW's Deputy Head Nour Farahat told Al-Ahram. Also discussed were the issues of activating anti-sexism articles in the constitution and advancing women's rights with regards to females being given equal amounts of public posts, especially in the judiciary.

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Allen
18-06-2014 10:05am
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A question for you.
Why El Azhar is silent about women's rights and the abuse of women by men?
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Faraz
18-06-2014 12:09pm
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El Azhar
El Azhar is always been a mouth piece of the ruling regime.El Azhar will remain silent unless CC ask them to speak up...but by the way why CC is waiting for El Ahar's advice to give proper representions to women..? Are blaming El Azhar for not less women representation in cabinet NOT your bleove CC..?
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Yasmina
18-06-2014 04:55am
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Very Disappointing
Women of Egypt work outside the home, drive, own businesses and are half of the strength of Egypt. I don't think it's necessary to have half the governmental offices held by women, but at least 20% of the cabinet should be women
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Aladdi, Menya
17-06-2014 08:22pm
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Fight for it
It will be better to earn it instead of being handed to you. Shame on our women who enslaved themselves to men and wear potato sacks. It is non-Islamic.
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Sobia
18-06-2014 11:02am
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Inconsistant words & acts
If you start from 3rd July 2013 did ever Gen CC remained consistent in terms of his words and acts…? He deposed Morsy and stated that he had no political ambitions & aspirations and his act is just to save the Jan 2011 revolution and then what happen next ???? He kept changing his roadmap announced in July 2013 and become de facto and then official ruler of the Egypt. He brought back all the old repressive regime in Egypt to repress and take revenge from Egyptian for their uprising against the regime.He taken back all the freedom of expression, speech and even right of living.He is not the man Egyptian can rely on his words anymore.
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