Morsi Reaffirms Promise of Equality at Meeting with Clinton
Secretary Hillary Clinton and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi discuss next steps in the country's transition to democracy. Photo: EPA
The President and I discussed the importance of keeping Egypt’s democratic transition moving forward, and I commended him on his pledge to serve all Egyptians, including women and minorities and to protect the rights of all Egyptians. President Morsi made clear that he understands the success of his presidency and, indeed, of Egypt’s democratic transition depends on building consensus across the Egyptian political spectrum, to work on a new constitution at parliament, to protect civil society, to draft a new constitution that will be respected by all, and to assert the full authority of the presidency.Women have been at the forefront of Egypt’s revolution. But developments since the revolution demonstrate that they continue to face the same systemic oppression and violence suffered under the Mubarak regime:
- Women made up less than 2% of the recently disbanded parliament, occupying only 8 seats out of 508.
- The male and Islamist-dominated parliament took up proposals to decrease the marriage age for girls from 16 to 14 and revoked a woman’s right to divorce her husband.
- Women continue to face widespread violence and harassment, including the military’s use of “virginity tests” against demonstrators.