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Egyptian men's rights activist sees oppression in female empowerment

In a backlash against the women's movement in Egypt, one attorney is demanding the formation of a National Council for Men.
Men smoke and use their mobile phones as they sit at a small cafe in Siwa, November 22, 2014. Residents of Siwa have been hurt by declining tourism in Egypt, which received 9.5 million tourists last year, down from over 14.7 million tourists in 2010, before the uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nationwide, the situation is gradually improving and the government says tourism could recover to pre-crisis levels next year if regional turmoil spares Egypt. But Siwa, located just 50 km (30 miles) from
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CAIRO — An Egyptian lawyer has called for the establishment of a national council to advocate for men’s rights. On the TV program “Hona al-Kahera” Feb. 14, attorney Essam Hajjaj said, “The national council will aim to support men harmed by the personal status laws issued during the last 20 years and passed with the support of the National Council for Women.”

He explained, “The personal status laws proved to be biased toward women, especially Law No. 1 of 2000 known as the Khula Law [permitting no-fault divorce] that completely destroyed Egyptian families, with a divorce case occurring every four minutes. Egyptian divorced women get custody of their children until they turn 15 while fathers get limited visitation rights.”

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