24 June 2011

Give women a voice in Egypt's future

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Women played a key role in the extraordinary events earlier this year that led to the end of President Mubarak's rule in Egypt. Young and old, veiled and unveiled, educated and illiterate, they stood up, risked their lives and chanted for change. But change, as it turns out, hasn't proved quite as equal as the protests that brought it.
Despite the hope of the uprising, women have been systematically excluded from the political process since Mubarak's fall. Demand that women are given an equal voice in shaping Egypt's future
Discrimination against women in Egypt exists in law and practice. But the country now has a rare opportunity to start afresh and create a constitution based on equality. They cannot do this without women. Call for women to be given an active role in shaping the new Egypt
Egypt's women played a major role in the uprising. They must now be included in forging the country's future.
Getting women involved in the reform process is a key priority for us in our anniversary year. We are calling on people like you around the world to stand up and demand that women's participation is ensured.
And if you sign our online petition today you can see your action light up the earth alongside thousands of others with our new 'earth candle'. This visualises the collective actions of our supporters in real time as we take action for human rights around the world.
Thanks for your support,

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Bethan Cansfield
Women's Human Rights Campaign Coordinator
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