In June, El-Sisi announced that Egyptian women can work at the State Council and the Public Prosecution for the first time in the country’s history starting 1 October. He also announced that the date would be a celebration of Egypt’s judiciary annually.
As per a presidential decree published in the official gazette on Monday, 48 of the female members of the State Lawsuits Authority and the Administrative Prosecution will work as assistant counselors at the State Council.
The decree also appointed 50 female members of the State Lawsuits Authority and the Administrative Prosecution as deputies of the State Council.
Although there are a number of women occupying judicial posts, no woman has ever been appointed as a judge at the State Council and the Public Prosecution.
A number of appeals have been filed by women over the past several years over the matter.
In March, El-Sisi directed Justice Minister Omar Marwan to coordinate with the concerned bodies to allow women to become members of the two bodies, a statement by the Ministry of Justice read.
El-Sisi’s directives came to “fully enforce the constitutional entitlement of ensuring equality and non-discrimination," the statement said.
The directive aims to ensure that women can access various positions and achieve success in all fields, according to the statement.
The State Council is a judicial body that looks at administrative disputes, disciplinary cases and appeals, and disputes pertaining to its decisions. It also reviews draft laws and decisions and contracts to which the state or a public body is a party to.