Egyptian state-run women's council calls for quota of women MPs

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Sep 2013

The National Council for Women wants the constitution to be amended to include a quote for women in parliament

The National Council for Women called on the committee which is drafting Egypt’s constitution to include a quota for women in parliament, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported on Monday.

The state-run body organised a meeting on Monday to discuss the amendments it would like to see adopted in the constitution, which is currently being amended.

The council’s head, Mervat El-Tallawi, is one of the committee’s fifty members.

The council said that the quota should be applied for two election cycles to change “the people’s culture” and give women the required political representation.

It also said the constitution should include an article criminalising all forms of violence against women.

A quota of 12 percent was adopted for the first time in the 2010 parliamentary elections. Sixty-four seats that could be only contested by women were added to the 454 seats of the People’s Assembly. The provision was seen by many as an attempt to strengthen the power of the regime.

The quota was removed after the 2011 revolution.

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