Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Erin Fracolli
Maya Morsi, the head of Egypt’s state-affiliated National Council for Women (NCW), announced last week that the NCW had completed the first phase of a program to increase women’s participation in local council elections, reaching over 12,500 prospective candidates. Although the law governing local council elections and any decision on quotas are still in discussion in parliamentary committees, Morsi stated that she expected women to make up 35 percent of the final local council seats. But a focus simply on percentages of women in government, be it at the local or national level, obscures larger concerns about women’s participation in what is essentially a closed authoritarian system…
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