Egyptian female judges during the process of taking the legal oath in preparation for assuming judicial roles in the State Council, on Monday 13 June, 2022.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree on 8 June appointing 39 female members of the State Lawsuits Authority and Administrative Prosecution as assistant counsellors at the State Council.
In June 2021, El-Sisi issued directives to allow Egyptian women to work at the State Council and the Public Prosecution for the first time in the country’s history.
The State Council is a judicial body comprised of over 3000 judges that reviews administrative disputes as well as disciplinary cases and appeals. It also reviews draft laws, decisions, and contracts that state or public bodies are party to.
In March, 98 women, who were sworn in judges at the State Council last year, assumed work at the judicial body.
El-Sisi’s decision aims to “fully enforce the constitutional entitlement of ensuring equality and non-discrimination in various positions and in all fields," according to a previous statement by the Ministry of Justice.