For the first time in Egypt’s history, female judges were admitted to the State Council, one of the country’s most important judicial authorities. On Tuesday, 98 women became part of this institution. – A woman in one of the main institutions in Egypt and the Arab world was a dream – emphasized one of the sworn judges.
The women took the oath at a ceremony in Cairo before the chief judge of the State Council, Muhammad Hossam ad-Din. “They are a valuable addition to the Council,” he said at the ad-Din swearing-in. Judge Radwa Helma, one of the newly appointed, told AP that it was a “memorable day”. – This is also a dream of previous generations. A woman in one of the main institutions in Egypt and the Arab world was a dream, she said.
In March, the president Egypt Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi appealed to women to run for the Council of State and to work in the General Prosecutor’s Office. Until now, these institutions were composed of only men. The president’s decision was supported by masses of activists.
The Egyptian National Council for Women (NCWR) assessed that the authorities wanted to further empower women in the country.
The Council of State was established in 1946 as an independent judicial body that deals primarily with administrative, disciplinary and judgment appeals. It also considers bills and contracts to which the government is party. The institution rejected women’s candidacies for years. Recently, many women have questioned the authority’s decisions, pointing to them being discriminatory.
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