Women in leadership roles

The third paragraph in Article 4 (C) of the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, issued by the United Nations in November 1967, states that women have the right to be appointed to public positions, and these rights are guaranteed through legislation.


Some argue that it is natural for women to be eligible to all positions including the position of President as they have an equal status in terms of rights and duties of an Egyptian citizen.


Opponents of this viewpoint believe that women have rights as citizens, but these do not include holding the position of President because of the nature and sensitivity of the position. Their stance, they believe, does not undermine women but grants them their natural and appropriate position.


There is also another group of opponents who do not believe that women should assume the position of President due to religious Islamic considerations (it is known as the "Welayah Kobra.").