News

Egypt’s National Council for Women to File Complaint Against MP Agina for ‘Offensive Remarks’

Egypt’s National Council for Women to File Complaint Against MP Agina for ‘Offensive Remarks’

Member of Parliament Elhamy Agina
Member of Parliament Elhamy Agina

Egypt’s National Council for Women has announced its intention to file a complaint with the prosecutor general and the parliamentary speaker against parliamentarian Elhamy Agina for his “offensive remarks against women in Egypt and abroad,” state-owned Ahram Online reported.

The council is calling on parliamentary speaker Ali Abdel Aal to “undertake all the legal procedures against the MP according to the constitution and parliamentary bylaws to be investigated for his latest and previous remarks,” Ahram Online quoted a member of the council as saying.

Agina has sparked outrage a number of times over the past several months for his controversial remarks, including encouraging women to undergo FGM to “reduce their sexual desires” in order to match that of Egypt’s “sexually weak” men and claiming that the victims of the migrant boat that recently capsized off Egypt’s shore “deserve no sympathy.”

Agina, who is a member of the parliament’s human rights committee, said that Egypt’s youths attempt illegal migration in pursuit of an “unguaranteed fantasy.”

Most recently, he called on the Ministry of Higher Education to impose virginity tests on incoming women university students, saying this measure would help to curb the practice of urfi marriages – customary marriages involving a marriage without the public approval of the bride’s guardians.

“No one should be upset by this decision,” Agina said in an interview with privately-owned Youm7, adding that the tests would help reduce the number or ‘urfi marriages’ in Egypt. “If you’re upset then that means you’re scared that your daughter is [or was] in an ‘urfi’ marriage behind your back.”

Although hundreds of members of parliaments sent complaints to Abdel Aal following Agina’s statements supporting FGM, leading to the MP’s referral to an ethics committee, Agina has yet to face any disciplinary actions.

Egyptian MP Supports Call for Virginity Tests, Saying Women Students Dress ‘Like Belly Dancers’
Egypt Receives Grant Worth $15 Million from Kuwaiti Fund to Support Syrian Refugees

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

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

Egyptian Military Forms Pharmaceutical Company

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 23, 2017
Egypt's military prepares ahead of new operations against militants in Sinai

Five Soldiers Killed in Ambush in Egypt’s North Sinai

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 23, 2017
61320490

Egypt Knocked Out of Handball World Championships

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 23, 2017
egypt

Egypt Defeats Uganda in African Cup of Nations

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 22, 2017
Egypt's Karim Abdel Gawad and France's Camille Serme

Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad Wins Tournament of Champions in New York

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 21, 2017
22.jpg.crop_display

Cairo Court Lists Egyptian Football Legend Aboutreika on Terror List

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 19, 2017
32385636795_e6f5d7101d_z

Egypt Secure Spot in Knockout Stage at 2017 Handball World Championship

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 19, 2017
1073779_big-lnd

Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary Makes African Cup History

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 18, 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.