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Nour Party opposes gender equality in Egypt constitution
Women's rights should be restricted by Sharia law, says party member Salah Abdel-Maaboud
Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Nov 2013
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Egypt's 50-member constitution-amendment committee in session (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Salafist Nour Party objects to an article in the draft constitution which defines equality between men and women, Salah Abdel-Maaboud said on Monday.

A 50-member committee is amending the constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated constituent assembly in 2012, of which the Nour Party was a leading representative.

In a statement on Monday, Abdel-Maaboud said the subcommittee finalising articles on the basic elements of the state had agreed on ten out of 11 articles, but disagreed on the one related to gender equality.

Article 11 states: “The State is committed to achieving equality between women and men in all the rights stated in this constitution. The State is obliged to take the necessary measures to ensure the appropriate and balanced representation of women in parliaments and local units, as organised by the law, and enable them to reconcile the duties of family and work, and protect them from all forms of violence. The State is committed to providing special care for motherhood and childhood and women who are poorest and most in need."

However, Abdel-Maaboud said his party objected to the phrasing as it would open the door for a women’s quota in parliament, which it is against.

“We cannot have a quota for every marginalised group,” he remarked.

The party also believes women's rights defined in the article should be restricted by Sharia law. Although Article Two of the constitution names the principles of Sharia as the main source of legislation, he said, Nour demands it is also added to Article 11 defining women’s rights so these rights are in accordance with Sharia law.

The amendments are to be approved by interim Adly Mansour by 3 December, after which they will be submitted to a national refendum. As part of the roadmap established on 3 July with the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the constitutional referendum is to be followed by parliamentary and then presidential elections.



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very very critical
11-11-2013 12:54pm
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Give them one way exit visas
Give those guys a one way exit visa out of Egypt. They do not deserve living in this country. Their narrow minds, short sighted views, provocative attitudes and ugly outlook should not exist in 2013!!
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Destin F.
06-11-2013 03:42pm
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Women and Islam
I believe that narrow-minded interpretations of Islam, such as the Salafi interpretation, are the ones that treat women as second-class citizens. I would love to hear why they think that way, other than "our religion, culture and tradition demand it". Either way, I'm very pleased that this constitution encodes equality for women without the perverse qualifications that were present in the 2012 version.
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Kevin
05-11-2013 08:58pm
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No democracy...
I've stated before, and Ahram won't publish my comments, but any nation ruled by Islam will never experience a true democracy. This is a perfect example. In Islam, women are considered property, they are not considered to be human beings.
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Farhan
06-11-2013 02:15am
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Ignorant thugs like you don't even know that Morsi's constitution had equality between men and women
Its nour party who removed support from Morsi because he was not conservative enough.
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Allen
05-11-2013 07:21pm
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How do you guys get women to support you?
Do you beat them up, until they get them to agree to support your Stone Age mentality???? Let's face it, violence is your preferred life style.
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Tammy
05-11-2013 05:30pm
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Get REAL!!
These guys need to get a clue, it is 2013 not the dark ages..Women should have the same rights as men, they work just as hard and are just as intelligent as men. They deserve the same rights & respect as men & do not need to be treated like they are slaves or possessions..These salafists need to crawl back into their caves or back under whatever rock it is they crawled out from!!
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T Masters
05-11-2013 01:46pm
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Human Right
There it is again. Women are second class citizen and that brings the country back to the middle ages. Educate a women and you educate a country. Mothers need protection often from husbands who seems to think she is his property. Women need rights to education and take part in all ways of daily life, including jobs and University places like the men take for granted. Men it is high time to get some human rights into your country and open the window to let fresh air in and don't strangle the women and other disadvantages groups.
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Busg
05-11-2013 12:53pm
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Jukhf
Nour party almost finish since he com against morsi. Every one putting curse on his policy
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Karim
05-11-2013 10:43am
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Islamists.....
When you will leave Egypt? You are the main source of undeveloped country!!!!!!
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Sam Enslow
05-11-2013 10:27am
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Thank you, Saudi Arabia
The Salafi wave Saudi flags in their demonstrations. In Saudi Arabia they are considering allowing women to drive.
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