CAIRO: Nazra for Feminist Studies along with 16 other NGOs released a statement Monday condemning Minister of Local Development Adel Labib for not appointing any women as governors during a recent series of new appointments.
“We’ve been monitoring recent statements by Minister Labib, announcing the new shuffling of governors, and it ignores and prevents women from holding similar positions, keeping them only as assistants and deputies until they’re trained and qualified enough. We condemn this action as many women are already qualified with very good experience in local development,” the statement said.
The NGOs called on Labib to include women in open governor positions, and apply the constitutional articles concerning women’s rights.
Article 11 in the new Egyptian constitution says, “The State shall take the necessary measures to ensure the appropriate representation of women in the houses of representatives, as specified by law. The State shall also guarantee a woman’s right of holding public and senior management offices in the State and their appointment in judicial bodies and authorities without discrimination.”
The NGO statement said women are supposed to take part in the State’s decision making, and they should be included in all the country’s organizations.
“The new law is not satisfying for women’s ambitions, and contrasts with the principles of equal opportunity issued by the Constitution,” Margret Azar, a member of the National Women’s Council told Al-Masry Al-Youm last June.