30% of the EDP supreme committee women for first time in Egypt: Gazar
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By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO: The Egyptian Democratic Party is the first political party to have 30 percent of its Supreme Electoral Commission be women, said party women’s secretariat member Maha el-Gazar at a Saturday celebration for International Women’s Day.

“After the 25th of Jan. revolution, perspectives changed and women were one of the main contents of the revolution they were facing security forces on the street and defendiing their right to have freedom, social justice and bread” she added.

Gazar also added that after the revolution she sought a political party that represented her goals and points of view and decided to join the Egyptian Democratic Party. She decided to put the core of encouraging women to engage in many fields of life such as women’s rights and elections. She also decided to establish women’s secretariat for the Egyptian Democratic Party in all Egyptian governorates as she is responsible for women’s secretariat of the EDP of East Cairo.

There were 20 parliamentary members that represent the EDP, and they strove to have laws regarding protection of women from early marriage, violence and sexual harassment. Gazar said that the party seeks to develop their performance regarding women’s cases by increasing awareness projects for women especially in slums and poor areas so that they would not rely on seminars only for change.

Gazar added that it is time for Egyptian women to run in elections in different syndicates. She added that she would run for the engineers’ syndicate elections following the withdrawal of confidence from the previous board.

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