Egyptian Courts To See The Appointment Of More Female Judges

Egyptian Courts To See The Appointment Of More Female Judges


At a press conference on Saturday Minister of Justice Ahmed Al-Zind announced the appointment of a group of Egyptian women as presiding judges in the Courts of First Instance – only the third such occurrence in Egyptian history.

As per the Egyptian legal system, the Courts of First Instance are where legal proceedings are first heard or initiated.

During the press conference, entitled “Female Judges in the Arab World,” Zind stated that in addition to taking on the role of presiding judges, “women will be appointed as aids to the Minister of Justice, in recognition of women’s role in society.”

The conference, held by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Arab Women’s Organization (AWO), debated the ways in which the Arab region may work on increasing cooperation for the goal of women’s empowerment and gender equality.

According to Daily News Egypt, an adviser to the Minister of Justice, Ezzat Khamis, stated that, “the exact hiring appointment is not known yet, but it is very soon.”

Eman el-Emam (centre) was one of about 30 women judges sworn onto the bench in April 2007 in Egypt. Credit: Reuters / Tara Todras-Whitehill
Eman el-Emam (centre) was one of about 30 women judges sworn onto the bench in April 2007 in Egypt.
Credit: Reuters / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Egyptian women will now take on the same role Tahani Al-Gebali first took back in 2003.

Al-Gebali was the first woman to hold a judicial position in Egyptian history. Former president Hosni Mubarak gave direct orders for her appointment.

Furthermore, until 2007, Al-Gebali held the position of Vice President of the Supreme Constitutional Court, the highest court in Egypt.

That year, the first group of Egyptian women, consisting of thirty-one members, was appointed as court judges. The second group came in 2008.

However until recently women still faced discrimination. During January 2014, a number of women faced issues while attempting to apply for judicial positions in the State Council after their applications were rejected by the Council Board.

Egypt Sentences 11 to Death for Port Said Stadium Massacre
Meet The Nine Muslim Women Who Have Ruled Nations

Subscribe to our newsletter


Farrah El Essawi studies Multimedia Journalism and Psychology at the American University in Cairo. She has always had a strong passion for social issues and animal rights and jumps at the opportunity to write about either.

More in News

Tiran Island

Egypt High Court Declares Void Transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 16, 2017

Egyptians Invest EGP 13 Billion in Dubai Real Estate in 2016

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 15, 2017
A pharmacist searches for medicine at a pharmacy in Cairo, Egypt, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Medicine Prices in Egypt Increased by up to 20%

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 13, 2017
Navy officers appear to be handing out water bottles to a group of refugees who were prevented from illegally migrating in September 2015. Credit: Military Spokesman

Egypt Prevents 12,192 from Illegally Migrating in 2016

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017
Photograph released by the Ministry of Antiquities

3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tombs Unearthed in Aswan

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017

Egypt Introduces New Security Measures for Everyone Travelling to South Sinai

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017

Morocco ‘Bans Sale of the Burqa’

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 11, 2017
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed El Baradei listens to a speech at the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe in Luxembourg May 24, 2007.    REUTERS/Thierry Roge   (LUXEMBOURG)

Mohamed ElBaradei Criticises ‘Fascism’ in Egypt after MP Demands Revocation of Citizenship

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 10, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.