By NOURHAN MAGDI
CAIRO: Egypt celebrates women’s day on Sunday; yet a number of Egyptian women and reports show dissatisfaction with the current status of women in the country.
“The situation of women in Egypt is troubling. Although women are taking part in many initiatives and have some effective political and social roles; hard economic pressures exist,” writer Farida el-Naqash told The Cairo Post Sunday.
She added that “the fact that women are still unable to defend their representation in the government and the new quota system in the constitution means that women’s right are still being violated.”
Naqash praised the capability of women to assume influential positions, adding that she was surprised to discover women could become police colonels in Egypt; a position that she thought was only limited to men.
“Unfortunately, the situation of women in Egypt is the same; the only difference is that they now represent a large voting bloc, which was clearly noticed during the last referendum in January,” Karima Kamal, a writer and member of the High Press Council, told The Cairo Post.
Kamal added that while four women were part of Ibrahim Mahlab’s new government; “they are still not influential.”