Women's Political Participation in Egypt: The Role of The National Council for Women

International Journal of Political Science and Development Vol. 3(7), pp. 326-337, July 2015 DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2015.042

12 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2016

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Amany Khodair

Loughborough University - The British University in Egypt; Suez Canal University

Bassant Hassib

The British University in Egypt

Date Written: July 30, 2015

Abstract

The pivotal role of Egyptian women in recent revolutionary movements, represented in January 25 and June 30 revolutions, has been well documented. Ironically, after January 25 revolution, women's status in Egypt has regressed in the realm of civil rights, freedoms and equal representation. Despite the significant role of the National Council for Women (NCW) in the process of women empowerment in Egypt before the revolutions, its efforts had been somewhat limited. With upcoming parliamentary elections, the NCW is working to empower women to gain their rightful representation. This research endeavours to assess the effectiveness of the role of NCW in promoting women’s political participation in the genesis of the revolutions, with special regards to the 2015 parliamentary elections. The research argues that the role of NCW is rather limited due to three factors: shortcomings within the NCW institutional framework; shortcomings within the Egyptian legal/constitutional framework; and shortcomings within the Egyptian societal and cultural heritage.

Keywords: Women's Political Participation, National Council for Women, Parliamentary Elections, Egyptian Revolution

Suggested Citation

Khodair, Amany and Hassib, Bassant, Women's Political Participation in Egypt: The Role of The National Council for Women (July 30, 2015). International Journal of Political Science and Development Vol. 3(7), pp. 326-337, July 2015 DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2015.042 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2861469

Amany Khodair (Contact Author)

Loughborough University - The British University in Egypt ( email )

El Sherouk City
Cairo, 11837
Egypt

Suez Canal University ( email )

Ismaliah
Ismailia, I
Egypt

Bassant Hassib

The British University in Egypt ( email )

El Sherouk City
Cairo, 11837
Egypt

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