Women’s Rights In Egyptian Law: The Legal Battle For A Safer Life


  • Radwa Elsaman Assistant Professor of Law, Cairo University Faculty of Law




Egyptian Women, Women's Legal Rights, Gender Equality in Egypt, Women in Law, Gender and Law


Egypt’s history has witnessed notable strides in connection with women’s rights. Meanwhile, Egypt is a signatory of the significant international conventions on gender equality. Nevertheless, interference to change women’s position is faced with colossal failure sometimes. One of the reasons could be the lack of relevant legislation. Other essential obstacles include social practices and stereotypes that prevent the application of the rule of law. The absence of community support is the third reason. Finally, misconceiving
Islamic religious rules impacts women’s rights in Egypt. Solutions include legal reform and complementary policy actions; allowing real political participation; opening the door for women initiatives; teaching gender in schools and universities; and ensuring better access to resources when it comes to economic rights is another possibility.


Radwa Elsaman, Assistant Professor of Law, Cairo University Faculty of Law

is Professor of Law at Cairo University Faculty of Law in Egypt. She was engaged as a visiting scholar at Boston University School of Law and as a visiting professor at the Central European University. She received her LLM and SJD (PhD in law) from the American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Professor Elsaman’s research and writing focus on gender equality, law and development, and Middle Eastern financial and commercial laws. On these topics, she has published books and articles in a number of journals. She also works as an attorney focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. She has consulted with various international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, GIZ, and the European Union’s Euromed Justice Project.





Elsaman, R. „Women’s Rights In Egyptian Law: The Legal Battle For A Safer Life“. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Bd. 14, Juli 2020, S. 117-25, doi:10.17192/meta.2020.14.8242.