In Egypt, women judges preside over state council hearings for the first time

By Kamal Tabikha, 8 March
Egyptian judges (photo credit: Middle East Affairs)
Egyptian judges (photo credit: Middle East Affairs)
Women judges have presided over a hearing of Egypt’s State Council for the first time in the country’s latest move towards female empowerment. A total of 98 females were inducted across two ceremonies and sat on their first hearings for the council, a powerful tribunal that reviews draft laws and rules over administrative matters and legal disputes in which the state is a party. Until the sessions on Saturday and Sunday, the State Council had been one of two Egyptian judicial bodies that consisted of all-male benches. The women had been sworn in by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in October, who decreed at the time that the country’s prosecution service — the other all-male judicial body — should also include female members.
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