“Suzanne Mubarak’s laws” — the undoing of women’s rights in Egypt?

Former Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak (Photo: Allvoices)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations. I was hoping the Arab Spring would usher in new freedoms and equal rights for women in the region who have been traditionally oppressed. Instead, we’re seemingly standing by helpless watching from afar as rights are rolling back further than ever for women.

In the case of Egypt, it seems the curtailment of rights have been triggered by Egyptian backlash against anything the wife of Hosni Mubarak supported. Apparently former first lady Suzanne Mubarak was behind many of the “progressive” pro-women rights Egyptian women gained over the past few decades, and because of that, leaders of the current regime are insisting these “Suzanne Mubarak” laws are invalid, and are reverting back to the older, more oppressive “laws”.

While wholly unfair and illogical, it does help explain some of the thinking occurring in Egypt. The Arab Spring is a long way from being over and I’d like to think that reason will find its way into ultimate outcome for Egypt and other Arab states.

Interview of Isabel Coleman discussing “Suzanne Mubarak’s laws” and other thing: Arab Women Rising: An Uncertain Future : NPR.

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