Egyptian Women: The Gap Between the Haves and the Have Nots

Source: Wilson Center

Author(s): Moushira Khattab

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It’s hard to talk about the status of Egyptian women in any sector without addressing the gap between the haves and the have nots. While some women continue to make headlines, others are stuck in the doldrums of living below the poverty line. Although female literacy rates have increased from 22.4% in 1976 to 68% in 2015, illiteracy remains an impediment towards equal human rights.

The 2014 constitution guarantees women’s rights of unprecedented magnitude- rights that really are hard earned.  However, some of these provisions are yet to be operationalized.  Outdated personal status laws epitomize violence and discrimination against women and go against the letter and spirit of the constitution.  Laws criminalizing gender-based violence, such as female genital mutilation, and child marriage, are not fully enforced.  Women in the informal sector fend for themselves without protection.

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