Less than 5.6% of Arab women participate in decision-making process: NCW
Mona Omar, the secretary general of the National Council for Woman - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The issue of women participating in political life is still incomplete and does not have the attention it deserves from parties in general, general secretary of the National Council for Women (NCW) Mona Omar said Tuesday.

Women’s participation in political life is an indicator of society’s progress, she said during the opening of training program entitled “Management of campaigns for candidates of Parliament.”

Omar said that women in leading roles became an increasing phenomenon in the world with the escalating rates of women participation in parliaments. He said researches indicated the reasons of women lack presence in decision-making positions is because of sovereignty of concepts of anti-women rights.

She said Egyptian women gained the rights to vote and run in elections for the first time in 1956 constitution and entered the parliament for the first time in 1957.

Omar said equality in society depends on women becoming main partners in law-making and elections because “women present half of the society.”

Originally published in Youm7.

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