New quotas in Egypt

First it was Norway that introduced a law saying that a minimum of 40% of a company’s non executive directors must be female. Now in a similar move, Egypt has announced that it will allocate 64 seats in the lower house of its parliament to women. In a country where most men do not trust women as decision makers, this has received mixed reactions, with some calling it ‘unconstitutional’. But this is exactly why it’s such a major step forward. Hopefully legislative changes will be the beginning of altering the traditional gender roles and stereotypes that still remain so prevalent.

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