By MARWA EL GHOUL
CAIRO: The Egyptian Feminist Union launched a campaign entitled “Women Campaign for Women” to support women candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections, union head Hoda Badran said.
Badran added in press statement on Thursday that the union does not want the recurrence of women conditions in the dissolved parliament where only 10 representatives were women, and as such the campaign aims to collect 30 million EGP (U.S. $4.3 million) to support 100 women candidates to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“We will also have role in the next period in rallying women to participate in the presidential and parliamentary elections, in addition to awaken them to vote for the candidates promoted by the union,” Badran said.
The main dilemma which obstructs women from running in the parliamentary elections is the campaign costs, Badran said, adding that the union would solve this. Badarn said that the union will bear the electoral campaign costs of the 100 women who will run in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Badran underscored the extent of the effort by the union to support the 2013 roadmap, in addition to its support to the constitution through the union associations numbering up to 150 associations. She added that the union played a prominent role in rallying women to cast their votes in the constitutional referendum through conferences held by the union to explain the constitutional articles.
Badran said that there was a high turnout of women voters in the constitutional referendum, which she called “definitive proof to those who claim that the woman should not have the right to practice political life.”
The union dedicated phone numbers for donations to the campaign through Bank Misr number 204660, Egypt Post 3030, in addition to the hotline 0233031131, Badran said.
Originally published in Youm7.