Despite their struggle and commitment, women have historically been underrepresented in Egyptian political life. Which factors impact on women’s ambitions to reach decision-making positions in Egyptian society? How women do evaluate their involvement in political parties and trade unions? Through a participative survey involving 120 people in Giza’s local communities, this diagnosis brings out some avenues to enhance women’s presence in the public sphere. First, it examines women’s participation in political life in the post-revolution and the national legislation’s development. Then, it explores the reasons for women’s failure in the elections and the challenges to increase women’s presence in politics. At the end, it offers ideas on how political parties and trade unions could change their structure in order to obtain an effective participation of women. It also provides inputs to the media in order to develop a discourse that supports women’s engagement in political life.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.