Women's Rights In Egypt

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Women 's rights in Egypt have long been severely restricted due to Sharia (Islamic law) and cultural traditions. The laws in Egypt act like an enemy of women 's rights as they are based on gender discriminatory. How can a woman has unequal value of a man and treated differently! So, it was the time for the women to unite and stand together to get back their freedom and proof to the world that they are not birds placed in cages. They asked for their rights; freedom of speech and to be treated equal to men as they are no less. In order to get their rights back, the laws should be revised, and women have to unite and protest opposing discrimination. Unfortunately, the Arab Society has limited the rights of women as the legal system is based on …show more content…
How can a woman 's testimony in a court is worth half that of a man 's, although God created them equally! From my point of view as i lived there many years, these laws should be revised in order to have human equality. Egypt laws are based on Sharia rules; the government follows the rules of the Koran, for example, which allots daughters half the inheritance of sons (Beyer, Lisa, et al para 3). I think this is against democracy and equality. Also, Family law in Islamic countries grants the husband the right to divorce his wife for any reason, however, the wife don 't have the same right, if she wanted to get divorced, she need grounds to file for divorce based on strong reasons, and the "masculine" judge may or may not grant her divorce (para 5). So, many married women are forced to stick with the bad marriage for their fear to lose their children because typically, the Family court gives the fathers the custody of boys over the age of six and girls after the onset of puberty. That shows up no way of freedom she got to have. Another Islamic laws that grant the man a right but abandon woman from it. Polygamy is legal for men only. The woman must have only one spouse, while the man is permitted four. This is stipulated by Koran: “Marry those women who you like – two, three or four – and if you fear of being unjust to them, then marry only one or whatever is in your just hands” …show more content…
They left their homes and came out onto the streets. Women purposely did so in order to create a better life for themselves and their families. They participated in unprecedented huge number. It brought women new opportunity for participating in social and political reforms. People who were not silent paid a very high price and the nation succeeded in falling of the head of the regime, Mubarak, after he was in power for more than 30 years (Lancaster 26). A political activist and writer, Nawal El Saadawi, woman in the 80s was an inspiration for making this revolution. She was in the Tahrir square during the eruption of the revolution in 2011. She felt the power of millions of people; she felt that Tahrir square as her real home. She got to believe that poverty was the outcome of a vast social and economic oppression of one class over the other. Women and the poor are those who paid the price of this oppression by denying their basic rights, for example earning enough to feed themselves and their families. That poor class lacks love, justice and freedom, and the only way to cure poverty was to write against it. Saadawi is known worldwide for her progressive viewpoints on women 's rights issues; she wrote more than forty books, 28 of them were translated into other languages (Gauch para 22). She had written "women and sex" which caused her to be fired from the Egyptian ministry

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