NDP members protest ban on female judges.
Mahabbat Abu Omeira, the NDP’s secretary for women’s affairs in Cairo, said the protest had been called by Abdel Hadi herself since the State Council decision violated principles outlined by the constitution.
In Helwan, approximately 300 women staged a protest in front of the Helwan Secondary School. Fayza Hasabo, the NDP’s women’s affairs secretary in Helwan, said the constitution granted women the right to be appointed to public office on the basis of citizenship and equal opportunity.
In Qalubiya, around 400 women raised banners before the ruling party’s headquarters to express their displeasure with perceived discrimination against female judges.
Amal Abdel Salam, the NDP’s women’s affairs secretary in Shubra el-Kheima, said the State Council decision was invalid, discriminatory and in violation of Article 40 of the constitution.
In the Red Sea Province, a number of female members of the NDP Women’s Affairs Secretariat organized a demonstration before party headquarters in Hurghada, where they also raised banners supporting women’s right to be appointed judges.
In Kafr el-Sheikh, some 500 female NDP members organized similar protests. And in Daqahliya, a number of women organized a protest in coordination with female members of the Women’s Affairs Secretariat.
Aida el-Sakhawi, the NDP’s women’s affairs secretary in Daqahliya, issued a statement condemning the decision, saying ” Islamic Law doesn’t deprive women of such a reign.
In Ismailia, around 1000 female members of the Women’s Affairs Secretariat protested by raising banners calling for the government to support the appointment of female judges.
In Gharbiya, meanwhile, female NDP members issued a statement condemning the State Council’s ban on the appointment of female judges.