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Women’s human rights in Egypt

The Egyptian authorities must amend existing legislation to better protect women in Egypt, and ensure they play an active role in reforms.

Women played a key role during the 18 days of protest that led to former president Hosni Mubarak’s downfall.

Young and old, veiled and unveiled, educated and illiterate, they stood up and chanted for change. Many abandoned the way they had previously led their lives, and overturned deeply ingrained attitudes surrounding ‘appropriate’ behaviour for women.

However, when discussions on change and reform in Egypt began, they were overlooked.

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