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Are Egypt's women really better off under Sisi?

Life for women in Egypt has improved significantly under the reign of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi compared to the era of the Muslim Brotherhood, although some female activists say that women still have a long way to go toward emancipation.
A female protester holds a sign, near police officers as she joins others protesting against sexual harassment after a woman was sexually assaulted by a mob during Sunday's celebrations, marking the new president's inauguration in Tahrir square, in Cairo June 11, 2014. Egyptian authorities have arrested seven men for sexually harassing women near Cairo's Tahrir Square while thousands celebrated the inauguration of Sisi, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. A video posted on YouTube on Sunday, claiming to d

Since the revolution, Egyptian women have played a pivotal role in political transformations by participating in Egypt's elections. They featured prominently in the June 30 movements of 2013, the subsequent constitutional referendum of 2014 and the election of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in 2014. Now is the time to evaluate the status of Egyptian women during Sisi’s reign compared to the years following the revolution and examine whether there was a real shift in the Egyptian authority’s approach toward women.

On the subject of women's status during Sisi’s era compared to the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule, the former secretary-general of the National Council for Women, Ambassador Mona Omar, told Al-Monitor, “Women's rights under the rule of President Sisi improved compared to their situation during the reign of President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.” Omar explained that the 2014 constitution enhanced the situation of Egyptian women, saying, “Egypt's new constitution contains articles in favor of Egyptian women.”

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