Mandated women’s parliamentary seats increased to 40
The Egyptian parliament - YOUM7/Mahmoud Hefnawy

CAIRO: After criticism sparked by some political activists and feminists over women’s participation in the upcoming parliamentary election, the committee on parliamentary election law amendments will increase the quota for the number of women in Parliament to 6 percent, or 40 seats, committee spokesperson Mahmoud Fawzy announced Monday, CBC channel reported.

According to previous amendments from May, women have the right to run on election lists and occupy only 24 seats out of 603, or 4 percent of Parliament.

Under article 11 of the constitution, “the state shall endeavor to take measures to ensure an adequate representation of women in the parliamentary assemblies, as determined by law.” But, the article has no guarantees or quotas.

Many believe the latest amendment isn’t adequate.

“The new quota is not enough for women as 6 percent is very low,” Wafd Party member and former parliamentarian Margaret Azer told The Cairo Post Monday.

“Are Egyptian women inferior to other women in developed countries?” she asked.

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