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Hazel Haddon


Women Turn Out in High Numbers to Vote, Yet Their Share in Parliament Looks to Be Slim

[omen in Alexandria during rain as they stand in line outside a polling station waiting to cast their votes during parliamentary elections in Alexandria. Image from Ahram Online.]

Some campaigners fear the further marginalisation of women in political life. Preliminary reports from the first day of Egypt’s historic parliamentary elections suggest that women voters have turned out in high numbers to make their voices heard. However, some women’s rights campaigners fear that, despite the enthusiasm of female voters, the new parliament will see a record low in the number of women elected. Women, who were given the vote in 1956, have ...

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