Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Gender discrimination in practice: an Egyptian case--"no girls are allowed to apply"

Daily Star Egypt - Full Article: "Nasser Amin, president of the Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP), told The Daily Star Egypt that on Dec. 26, 2006, the Supreme Court had given preliminary approval to a letter sent by the minister of justice to start appointing women in the prosecution.

However, on Jan. 13 when (ACIJLP) requested admission applications for female graduates of the class of 2006, the Supreme Court Council refused to even give them the forms, despite the fact that the applicants met the criteria required by the court.

Said Amin: 'We requested admission applications for a number of outstanding female graduates of Cairo University’s faculty of law. We started applying according to the annual admission announcement on Jan. 5. The graduates met the requirements set by the Supreme Court, but still the court said, 'no girls are allowed to apply.'"

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