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Welcome to the New Egyptian ParliaMENt

[Cartoon: A woman stands outside the male-dominated Egyptian parliament. Image by Ibtisam Barakat.] [Cartoon: A woman stands outside the male-dominated Egyptian parliament. Image by Ibtisam Barakat.]

This cartoon is a response to the astonishing fact that the number of women who won seats in the post-Mubarak Egyptian parliamentary elections is a mere eight. Indeed women do not exceed two percent of the total number of elected members. To be more precise, they constitute one and a half percent of the “Parliament of the Revolution.” What can a revolution against "dictatorship" amount to in reality and practice if men who have been dictating policy and social life norms, continue to do so? This comes after the massive upheaval, which women were central to at every step. The shocking outcome in representation reveals much about the social struggles that Egypt faces. For example: What does freedom, including voice for all strata of the society, look like? And how do we implement inclusion for all?

 

4 comments for "Welcome to the New Egyptian ParliaMENt"

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the good , the innocent and the honest never make it into power.

wafadarwish wrote on January 29, 2012 at 07:18 AM
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This is sad.

Pauls Toutonghi wrote on January 30, 2012 at 02:09 AM
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It seems to me as a concerned observer that a reform in the culture of gender domination is needed for the Arab Spring to reach its full democratic potential. I think such a reform is occurring now, but such changes require much time and effort.

P. Winston Fettner wrote on January 31, 2012 at 09:57 AM
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Suscribo íntegramente el comentario de Mr.Fettner, que precede.-Será un proceso largo y difícil, pero ya ha comenzado, y creo que las mujeres tendrán el suficiente coraje.-VALE LA PENA.-

Alicia López San Román wrote on January 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM

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