March 8th, 2013 by Editor
On the anniversary of the International Women’s Day, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses worry for the situation of women’s civil and political rights in Egyptian after the Egyptian Revolution. In the meantime, the Egyptian women suffer violence and harassment even in the public revolutionary squares.
Within the first parliamentary election after the Egyptian revolution women suffered political marginalizing, when they got only 8 parliamentary seats out of 498. Four of the female parliamentarians came from Freedom and Justice Party and other three were appointed. The new Egyptian constitution ignored women’s political rights. It does not mention an electoral system guarantees women’s rights. The new electoral law mentioned having a woman at least within each political party’s list in each constituency without mentioning women candidates’ position in the list, which could take women to the bottom of the lists.
Women in Egypt are not suffering only bad political participation conditions but also high rates of sexual harassment on the streets and public squares, which represents additional suffering to women.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that Women’s rights in Egypt are violated on a large scale at the political, economic or social sides, which represents a threat to Egyptian women struggling very much for their rights.
EOHR calls upon the Egyptian government to amend the new election law to allocate seats in parliament for women in order to get their political rights. EOHR also calls upon the Egyptian government to have a certain percentage of women as representative in all the governmental bodies in order to change the Egyptian societal culture and combat violence against women by raising awareness of cultural and religious values through the media and publicize the idea of equality between men and women in various fields.
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