A human rights symposium criticized the human rights situation in Qatar and stressed that the women’s situation in the country is lagging behind that of its neighbors.
The symposium, which was held on Thursday at the headquarters of the International Human Rights Council in Geneva, organized by the Association of Human Rights and the Dialogue Forum for Development, that international reports expose discrimination against women in Qatar.
The symposium was headed by editor-in-chief of Al-Wafd newspaper Magdy Helmi, reviewed the development of the rights of women in Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.
Moreover, head of the Egyptian Women’s Rights Association Rabiha Fathi mentioned the rights obtained by Egyptian women in recent years and announced the support of the Assembly to amend Article 102 of the Constitution and the draft law on the Parliament, which provides for a women’s permanent veto of the Parliament.
She also pointed out that the participation of women in public affairs has become more effective and influential in public life, especially after the revolution June 30.
In addition, she said that the political participation of women and their contribution to the diversity of the dynamics of political life is indispensable.
Fathi also said that the effective national participation of Egyptian women led to the establishment of mechanisms to support Egyptian women by including in the 2014 Constitution articles that guarantee equality between women and men in all rights.
Egyptian women have reached many important achievements in enabling them to reach decision-making positions, for instance appointing the first woman as a governor, the first female national security adviser to the President, the appointment of the first deputy governor of the Central Bank and the appointment of six women vice-chairmanship of the State Affairs Commission, in addition to increasing the proportion of women ministers to 25%, and other gains at all levels.
She added that at the legislative level, the National Council for Women had been adopted. The penalty of circumcision, sexual harassment, criminalization of women’s deprivation of inheritance and the inclusion of an article in the investment law stipulating equality between women and men in investment opportunities and support for small and medium enterprises was tightened.
She pointed out that the President declaration to name year 2017 as women’s year in Egypt.
Meanwhile, Said Abdel Hafez said in his word that “the role of civil society is to work to change this culture and adapt it to the benefit of women”.
He added that the continuation of racial discrimination in Qatar was reported by the committees and special rapporteurs of the United Nations.
On the other hand, Hafez weighed the efforts of the UAE to grant women their rights and make way for them to take the leadership positions.