The upcoming Shura council election doesn t look good for women in Egypt, reported AHN. Only 10 women are running for the upper house of Parliament in the June 11 elections.
The news reports pointed out that six of the women are candidates from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and four from the opposition El Ghad party.
Elections this year don t look good for women because they still use the [so-called] old individual way, which is hard for women in this country, Huda Badran, the head of the Arabic Women s League, was reported as saying in the local daily Al Masry Al Youm.
What women are hoping for is a change of the election system in order to guarantee a good percentage of representation in the future, whether the woman is running individually or with a party she added.
Ramy Hassan, the head of the Political Preparation Project for the National Women s Council was reported to announce that the center would set up a course for future female candidates to train and prepare them for upcoming campaigns.