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Women Face Same Barriers In Morsi's Egypt

Yasmine Nagaty writes that the treatment of women under Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is more of the same pattern of economic oppression experienced under Hosni Mubarak.
A woman, who opposes Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, shouts slogans during a protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo March 8, 2013. The protest by Egyptian women against the government took place in Cairo on International Women's Day. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3EQKP

In the aftermath of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s rejection of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an avalanche of articles depicting the Brotherhood’s statement within the framework of “Islamists vs. Liberals” ensued. When it comes to critiquing Muslim Brotherhood policies on women, many liberals make the mistake of limiting their scope to the discussion of personal and sexual freedoms, without considering the manner in which the economic configuration of the Egyptian system affects the social rights of women.

In this article, I attempt to explain how rejection of CEDAW and the neglect of Egyptian women’s rights can more generally be traced to neoliberal governance.

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