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Salafist MP calls for dissolution of Egypt's National Council for Women

Shura Council MP and head of Egypt's Salafist Asala Party calls for dissolution of National Council for Women

Ahram Online, Thursday 30 May 2013
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Egypt's National Council for Women (Photo: Ahram)
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Shura Council member and leader of the Salafist Asala Party Adel Afifi on Thursday called for the dissolution of Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW), Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported on Thursday.

Afifi also called for dividing the dissolved NCW's budget between Egypt's National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM).

"Before the revolution, these councils didn't play real roles; they were little more than window dressing," said Ashraf Daadaa, head of the Cairo-based Citizenship Human Rights Organisation. "Most of the funds that came from abroad to serve women and children were not spent for this purpose."

He added: "But this doesn’t mean the NCW should be dissolved; it can be restructured and developed so as to play a positive role. And the council's restructuring should have nothing to do with political orientations or the political situation."

Daadaa went on to stress the need to revamp the NCW.

"Development [of the NCW] is a must," he said. "The NCHR was politicised when the Muslim Brotherhood took power, which was the only development that took place. In if remains so, it's better to simply dissolve it."

On 16 April, the NCW sent a letter to Shura Council speaker Ahmed Fahmy denouncing fierce criticisms of the council that had been voiced at an earlier meeting of the Shura Council’s human rights committee.

The committee had been discussing women's rights in Egypt at the request of Shura member Nadia Henry. The session included discussion of a recent UN declaration, ostensibly aimed at ending violence against women.

The NCW has said that it sent a draft law aimed at ending violence against women to Prime Minister Hisham Qandil on 15 April. The draft law reportedly includes five sections dealing with physical violence, rape, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and the exclusion of women from inheritance.

Qandil had commissioned the council to draft the proposed law earlier in the year. 

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Tammy
30-05-2013 10:42pm
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once again
one more time the mb shows its fear of women & womens rights..when will they learn that the abuse,domination and oppression of women has got to stop..what are they so afraid of?? women making their own choices?? women not needing mens permission to live a life of their own choosing?? are they afraid that they will lose their slaves?? the caveman days are long over, its time to step into the real world..WOMEN HAVE BRAINS AND DO KNOW HOW TO USE THEM, THEY DO NOT NEED A MAN MAKING THEIR DECISIONS FOR THEM OR A MANS PERMISSION...OR A MAN ABUSING THEM & CALLING IT LEGAL LAW!!!
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David Johnson
31-05-2013 07:01am
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Salafis ≠ Muslim Brotherhood
The Muslim Brotherhood are not Salafis. The MB tends to be more moderate than the Salafis.Not all Islamists are the same.
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