Thursday, May 22, 2008

A step back for women's rights in Egypt

I stole this from this blog.

The Egyptian parliament decided to strike out three items from a Child's Rights law that has been previously approved. The three items are:

The right of the mother to claim her child (give the child her name). But they were generous enough to allow her to get a birth certificate for the child and record the name of the father in it. One Islamist parliamentarian objected even to this and warned that it encourages adultery.

Raising the marriage age for girls to 18

Criminalizing parents who circumcise their daughters

According to the conservatives in the Parliament, these items undermine Islam and are not popular among the people.

Well, if they are in the business of canceling what is not popular amongst the people, shouldn't they cancel Mubarak?

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