Egypt: discrimination continues despite law reform

September 15, 2009

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Almost a million children born before the nationality law amendment in 2004 are disadvantaged because the law does not grant them the right to automatic naturalization. Children of Palestinian and Sudanese fathers are targets of specific discrimination.

Discrimination Felt by Egyptian Women

March 14, 2008

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Egypt’s new Nationality Law No. 154 of 2004 states that whoever is born of an Egyptian mother is Egyptian. This law has applied to all Egyptian women married to non-Egyptian men except the Egyptian women who marry Palestinians.

2007 Arabic eCourse with participants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine

October 3, 2007

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The eCourse focuses on five themes from WLP’s seminal work, Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women: developing participatory and personal leadership skills; communicating persuasively; creating a shared vision; and mobilizing resources. Over the ten-week period, participants will complete reading and writing assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities.

Egypt: Focus on Legislation

September 20, 2006

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In 2004, Egypt granted children of Egyptian women married to non-nationals the right to citizenship, given that they meet certain requirements. Women’s groups mobilized and specifically focused on reforming Articles 2 and 3 of the Nationality Law of 1975.

Monitoring Legal Reform in Egypt

August 28, 2006

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Though Egyptian nationality laws were amended in 2004, they have yet to be finalized, ratified, and implemented. Throughout 2005 and 2006 the Forum for Women in Development (FWID), along with other women’s groups have continued the campaign, watching closely how the law is being implemented. Their activities included organizing awareness-raising and monitoring workshops.

Egypt: Impact of Law and Strategies Leading to Change

August 28, 2006

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In Egypt, women’s organizations were successful in their campaign to amend nationality laws. Prior to 2004, women who married foreign men were unable to confer citizenship on their children. Without the right to citizenship, the children of women who married foreigners were essentially foreigners in their own country. They were denied low cost access to education and health care. In addition, they could not hold government jobs.

WLP and CRTD-A Convene Middle East-Gulf Regional Learning Institute for Women’s Leadership

November 21, 2005

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WLP convened the Institute to create an opportunity for women activists in the region to develop skills in participatory leadership, facilitation, communications, and advocacy, building their capacity as leaders. In a role play on communicating with the media, participants took on the role of guests in a TV talk show, defending contrasting points of view. "One should not treat interacting with the media as an exam, but simply as a means of getting across a message and building public support for your goals," said Moroccan partner Amina Lemrini.

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