Gameela Ismael leaves Alliance over Brotherhood's stance on women

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Oct 2011

Prominent political figure, who had expected to feature high up on the National Alliance's list, condemns 'discrimination' against female candidates

Gameela Ismael
Gameela Ismael

Egyptian political activist Gameela Ismael has left the Democratic Alliance at what she perceives at the Muslim Brotherhood's prejudice against women candidates in the upcoming elections, set to start 28 November.

Ismael was expected to run as a candidate for the Downtown district, only to be informed three days ago that she will not top the Alliance's list for the seat but be placed third, massively reducing her chances of being elected. Ismael attributed this decision on the Muslim Brotherhood’s reluctance to field female candidates.

“Us women played an important role in the revolution, so it doesn’t make sense that they put us at the end of the candidate lists because this shows a form of discrimination that we reject,” Ismael said.

The Democratic Alliance is a Muslim Brotherhood led group of 13 political parties running in the upcoming elections with a unified candidate list.

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