Ninety Eight Women Sworn in as Judges in Egypt

Nearly 100 women have become the first female judges to join Egypt’s State Council.

The women were sworn in before the council’s chief judge, Mohammed Hossam el-Din, in a celebratory event in Cairo, the country’s capital.

The swearing-in came months after President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi asked women to join the State Council and the Public Prosecution, the two judicial bodies that until recently were exclusively male.

Some of the judges said they were happy that the dreams of earlier generations of women had finally come true.

El-Sissi’s decision in March was applauded by many women’s rights activists. Egypt’s National Council for Women said at the time that the move represented a political will to further empower women.

Egypt State Council

Established in 1946, the State Council is an independent judicial body that mainly handles administrative disputes, disciplinary cases and appeals. It also reviews draft laws, decisions and contracts to which the government or a government-run body is a party.

The council had repeatedly rejected women applicants and in recent years, many women had challenged the council decisions, arguing that they were discriminated against.

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