Tuesday, April 10, 2007


So Egypt now has 30 women judges, but conservative male judges are not happy. They believe that women are not fit to be judges.

Mahmoud al-Khodeiry, a senior judge, said the appointments were just a government display to show the West that Egypt was becoming more liberal.

Even if this was true, I think we should be grateful.

Khodeiry also said: I think this will create problems when they move, when they mix and problems regarding the type of cases they can handle as women. It would have been better if those appointed were men.

How can a male chauvinist like Khodeiry be a judge? And if there are many judges like him, then justice in Egyptian courts is like belly dancing in Saudi Arabia.

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  • I too question the motives of the government's appointment of these women judges, but obviously support more women in the judicial system. The only problem is if the government is appeasing Western critics by doing this, that motive suggests the West will have to criticize every time women aren't included in a branch of government in order for something to be done. Women's rights, and their inclusion in government should be high priority.

    By Blogger KA, At 1:31 PM, April 11, 2007  

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