The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has rejected a newly issued law which restructured the semi-official National Council for Women (NCW), saying that the law should have been discussed with other political forces.
On Saturday, Egypt’s de facto leader Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi issued a law selecting 30 new members of the council. The new members include women’s rights activists, academics and public figures.
Nehad Aboul Komsan, head of the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, Neveen Mossad, political science professor and Hoda al-Sadda, an academic specializing in gender studies, are among the new members of the council.
In 2000, a law was issued by the former President Mubarak establishing the NCW, which was meant to reinforce the position of women in the country.
However, the council has been heavily criticized by both secular and religious figures.
Secular feminists criticized Suzanne Mubarak’s involvement with the council, saying that it falsely portrayed her as an advocate of women’s rights.
Farkhonda Hassan, former head of the council, also faced accusations from revolutionary feminists of being part of the Mubarak regime.
In December, a lawsuit was filed with Cairo Administrative Court demanding the dissolution of the NCW. The plaintiffs said that the body was formed by members of the disbanded National Democratic Party and is used by the party to achieve nefarious objectives.
Meanwhile, some Islamists allege that the council intends to corrupt the traditional values of Muslim women.
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