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98 Women Sworn in as Judges in Egypt’s State Council

98 Women Sworn in as Judges in Egypt’s State Council

Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 - 15:00
Judges attend a swearing-in ceremony before Egypt’s State Council’s chief judge Mohammed Hossam el-Din in a celebratory event in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Tarek Wajeh)

Nearly 100 women Tuesday became the first female judges to join Egypt’s State Council, one of the country’s main judicial bodies, The Associated Press reported.

The 98 women were sworn in before the council’s chief judge, Mohammed Hossam el-Din, in a celebratory event in Cairo, AP said.

The swearing-in came months after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi asked for women to join the State Council and the Public Prosecution.

Hossam el-Din welcomed the new judges, saying, “They are an important addition to the State Council.”

Some of the judges said they were happy that the dreams of earlier generations of women had finally come true.

“This is a memorable day. It is a dream for us and for past generations as well," said Radwa Helmy, one of the newly sworn-in justices. "Being a woman in one of the chief judiciary institutions in Egypt and the Arab world was a dream.”

Established in 1946, the State Council is an independent judicial body that mainly handles administrative disputes, disciplinary cases and appeals. It also reviews draft laws, decisions and contracts to which the government or a government-run body is a party.

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