March 8th, 2017 by Editor
International Women’s day
As International Women’s day comes upon us, The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) reaffirms its commitment to the defending the rights of women, and stresses that it seeks to eliminate gender inequality in Egypt through legal reforms that must include personal status laws.
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi declared 2017 to be the year of Egyptian women, and stressed the importance of new legislations that further the rights of women on both the social and political levels.
Egypt has achieved several milestones in improving the situation of women, among them was law no. 1 of the year 2000, that eased the procedures of litigation in family courts, and the citizenship law that allowed Egyptian mothers to grant their non-Egyptian offspring citizenship. Also parliament currently has the highest number of female members in Egyptian history amounting to 15%, as well as considerable representation in the cabinet, and the appointment of the first female governor in Egypt a few weeks ago.
Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR said that Egyptian women deserve more, as they have been partners of Egyptian men at all stages of political and social evolution. Abu Seada demanded that the personal status laws should be amended accordingly, to grant more rights to divorced mothers. Abu Seada added that women should be empowered in all fields of work, and should be encouraged to achieve economic independence. Abu Seada concluded that his demands come in line with CEDAW and UPR recommendations, and urged the Egyptian president to grant amnesty to female protesters who were sentenced to jail for practicing their constitutional rights, and the release of sons and daughters arrested on the same ground for the sake of their mothers who had endured emotional pain as result of their incarceration.
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