Egypt’s National Council for Women: A Substitute for Civil Society?

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Sara Abdel Rahim, Erin Fracolli

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The Egyptian women’s movement is one of oldest in the Middle East, dating back to 1923 and full of influential and inspirational figures. In addition to civil society organizations that champion women’s issues, Egypt also has the National Council for Women (NCW), the only government body dedicated solely to addressing the issues and concerns of Egyptian women. Both the NCW and women’s organizations across Egypt work to address the formidable problems facing Egyptian women, including sexual harassment and violence against women, female genital mutilation, and low female political representation….

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