Egypt appoints almost 100 women as State Council judges

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For the first time in it’s history, 98 women have been appointed judges in the State Council, one of the country’s main judicial bodies.

They were sworn in before the council’s chief judge in an event in the capital Cairo on Tuesday.

The appointment comes months after President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi called for women to join the country’s two main judicial bodies – the council and the Public Prosecution.

Since its inception in 1946, the State Council has been exclusively male and until now actively rejected female applicants.

In past years, women have opposed the decisions of the council, arguing that they were discriminated against. (Source: BBC)

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