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Egyptian women fight for right to top judicial positions

As both the Ministry of Justice and the National Council for Women push for the appointment of female judges to Egypt’s State Council, the State Council continues to adamantly reject such appointments.
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CAIRO — Women have gained access to some judicial posts in Egypt over the years, but they have yet to breach the all-powerful State Council. The decadeslong battle pits certain interpretations of the Egyptian Constitution against the council and centuries of tradition dictating that a woman's place is in the home.

The National Council for Women and others are continuing their uphill effort, pointing out that there are no constitutional or religious restrictions that prevent women from working in a specific field.

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