Journal of Political Science and Development
International Journal of Political Science and Development
Vol. 3(7), pp. 326–338, July, 2015.
Women’s Political Participation in Egypt: the Role of the National Council for Women
1Amany A. Khodair and 2Bassant Hassib
1Associate Professor of Political Science, Suez Canal University, the British University in Egypt.
2Assistant Lecturer, Department of Political Science, the British University in Egypt. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted 2 August 2015
role of Egyptian women in recent revolutionary movements, represented in
January 25 and June 30 revolutions, has been well documented.
Ironically, after January 25 revolution, women's status in Egypt has
regressed in the realm of civil rights, freedoms and equal
representation. Despite the significant role of the National Council for
Women (NCW) in the process of women empowerment in Egypt before the
revolutions, its efforts had been somewhat limited. With upcoming
parliamentary elections, the NCW is working to empower women to gain
their rightful representation. This research endeavours to assess the
effectiveness of the role of NCW in promoting women’s political
participation in the genesis of the revolutions, with special regards to
the 2015 parliamentary elections. The research argues that the role of
NCW is rather limited due to three factors: shortcomings within the NCW
institutional framework; shortcomings within the Egyptian
legal/constitutional framework; and shortcomings within the Egyptian
societal and cultural heritage.
Cite This Article As: Khodair AA, Hassib B (2015). Women’s Political Participation in Egypt: The Role of the National Council for Women. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 3(7): 326-338