Women’s Rights in Egypt


Latest updates

2/10/2014 Amr Adib, the Egyptian television host with the highest viewership in the Middle East referred to women as servants in his latest episode.

1/10/2014 Yasmin Ibrahim launched the Digital Museum of Women (DGMOW), an online platform that documents women’s roles in Egyptian life, past and present.

12/9/2014 Amnesty International calls for the release of women’s rights defenders arrested on 21 June simply for taking part in the demonstration.

20/8/2014 Although sexual harassment has recently been made a crime in the country, incidents of assault are on the rise.

5/7/2014 Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network said that EU focus on women’s rights crucial to real democratic development in Egypt.

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In the numbers 

The 2012 World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report ranked Egypt’s women’s political rights as 125 out of 133 countries in the world.  In terms of women’s representation in parliament following the January 25 Revolution in 2011, Egypt ranked 128 out of 131 countries in the report, lagging far behind its Arab and African neighbours. The report also shows that in the past 6 decades women’s parliamentary representation has not exceeded 2%, with the exception of the periods that adopted female quota systems and the proportional list system in 1979, 1984 and 2010.

The 2013 United Nations Women report shows that 99.3% of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed. 96.5% of women in the survey had been physically touched.

A Reuters study found that Egypt is now the worst country for women’s rights in the Arab world, according to a poll of gender experts.

A 2012 UNICEF report stated that 91 percent of Egyptian women have undergone female genital mutilation.



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