Saturday, November 10, 2012 – A group of female Egyptian politicians are looking to change the role of women on the country’s new political landscape. The January 25 revolution in Egypt ushered in new advancements for woman in Egypt.
For one of the first times in Egyptian history, women have had a chance to be intimately connected to Egypt’s government. These new female Egyptian politicians are aiming high in taking on the the Muslim Brotherhood. Many women in Egypt are seeking postions in politics. The Ichwan (Muslim Brotherhood) has said it intends to place women in authentic leadership positions within the Muslim Brotherhood. However, they also seek to contain their orthodox path of Islam, especially the observation of strict laws between the sexes.
Women’s rights and female Egyptian politicians, are hot topic in Egypt. Especially today, as Egypt’s constitution is being crafted by an assembly of men, mostly from Islamist parties. The recent election of the Muslim Brotherhood has raised concern for the small secular and liberal Egyptian parties. These periphery political parties in Egypt suspect that rights of women, and minorities may be limited under the new constitution.
These female Egyptian politicians are daring to challenge Egypt’s male dominant political system. The group is looking to alter the power both from within their own party, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and their affiliate, the Muslim Brotherhood.
It should be noted that Egyptian President Morsi has accepted three women, to his cabinet. Within the constitutional assembly six women hold seats, 6/100 woman to men, three of which are members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Women in Egypt are now caught in a new question that marks the times of Egypt: what is the role of women within Islam? While there has not been any significant advancements for women in Middle Eastern politics, the Arab Spring has opened the door. Women in Egypt are fully engaged in the inner workings of the country, despite their poor showing in the government.