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Egyptian women’s access to judiciary still limited

The Egyptian State Council approved the appointment of women as members to the council and the Public Prosecution office, in tandem with the launch of a social media campaign against a personal status draft law that activists say denies women’s rights to take control of their own decisions.
Female voters, some mask-clad due to the coronavirus pandemic, wait before entering a polling station in El-Ayyat, during the first stage of the lower house elections, south of Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 24, 2020.

CAIRO — In a first such move, the State Council, one of the pillars of the judiciary in Egypt, announced March 14 its decision to allow the appointment of women as members of the State Council and the Public Prosecution.

According to the decision, female members who are already assuming positions in the Administrative Prosecution Authority or the State Lawsuits Authority, are eligible to request a transfer to the State Council to hold the position of delegate or deputy. Until now, appointment to these positions was limited to men exclusively.

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