[QODLink]
Middle East
Egypt reserves more seats for women
For the first time, the government is designating 64 seats for female representatives.
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2010 09:44 GMT


Egypt has specified quotas for the number of parliamentary seats for labourers, farmers and other professionals.

Now more room is being made for women. Just in time for the election.

Only four women were elected in 2005. This time around, the Egyptian government has designated 64 seats solely for women.

But critics say this is a ploy for the National Democratic Party to gain more seats rather than a genuine desire to give women more rights.

Ayman Mohyeldin explains from Cairo.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.