Women and Constitution Working Group Document

Research Paper

26 Apr 2012

In May 2011, the Women and Memory Forum has initiated the "Women & Constitution Working Group". The working group saw the light after the January 2011 Revolution and is part of the Coalition of Egyptian Feminist Organizations.  The working group has been working in coordination with the "Let's Write Our Constitution" initiative and the "Popular Committee for Constitution Writing". The "Women & Constitution Working Group" has studied gender relevant articles in Egyptian constitutions and in other countries' constitutions.

The working group has engaged with the current debate on writing a new Egyptian constitution. The Women and Memory Forum has invited members of the Coalition of Egyptian Feminist Organizations to participate in the working group. The working group is composed of a number of feminist researchers and activists: Amani Khalil (Member of the Violence Against Women Program at El-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence), Amina El-Bendary (Assistant Professor of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo and member of the Board of Trustees of  the Women and Memory Forum) , Hala Kamal (Lecturer at Cairo University, specialized in women's studies and a co-founder of the Women and Memory Forum),  Marwa Sharaf El-Dein ( Human rights activist), Maissan Hassan (Research officer at the Women and Memory Forum), Salma El-Naqash (Researcher at Nazra for Feminist Studies), Sara Naguib ( Political activist) and Yara Sallam (Lawyer and manager of the Women Human Rights Defenders Program at Nazra for Feminist Studies).

The "Women & Constitution Working Group" suggested new constitutional articles on issues of equality and non-discrimination, political participation, labor, childhood, education, personal freedoms and heath care.

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* Cross-posted from Women and Memory Forum.