News

Women Wearing Niqab Banned from Working at Cairo University’s Hospitals

Women Wearing Niqab Banned from Working at Cairo University’s Hospitals

Niqab-clad women line up to vote during a 2014 election. Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP
Niqab-clad women line up to vote during a 2014 election. Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP

All women working at Cairo University’s hospitals have been banned form wearing the niqab (full face-veil), announced Doctor Gaber Nassar, the President of Cairo University.

According to Aswat Masriya, the decision, which came into effect on 14 February 2016, applies to teaching staff, doctors, students, nurses, and any technical workers who are either working at the hospitals or training there.

The decision to ban the niqab comes a month after Egypt’s Administrative Court rejected lawsuits filed against Cairo University for banning teachers from wearing the niqab, reported Aswat Masriya.

At the time of the ban, which was contested by 77 staff members, Nassar stated that the decision was made to improve education and communication between students and their instructors and to benefit the wider public.

This is not the first time a university has tackled the issue of the niqab.

In 2008, debate ensued after Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, the leading Sunni Islamic school in the world, banned the niqab in all-female classrooms and dormitories. Meanwhile, in 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist dominated parliament criticized certain hospitals and nursing schools for banning nurses from wearing the niqab.

In 2015, voters were required to remove the niqab in order to cast their ballots. Voters wearing the niqab were required to reveal their faces to a female poll worker to verify their identities.

The niqab, which is not as commonly worn in Egypt as the hijab, consists of fabric that covers a woman’s head and a cloth that covers her face but leaves the eyes visible.

Egyptian Doctor Jailed for 'Homosexual Activity'
Egypt's New Capital City: Construction of First Phase to Provide 1.5 Million Jobs

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Will Mark World Cleanup Day with 4 Massive Eco Campaigns

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 18, 2019

Egypt Issues Arrest Warrant for Italian Diplomat Accused of Smuggling Antiquities

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 17, 2019

Egypt Plans Nation-Wide Citizen Input Workshops to Discuss State Budget

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 15, 2019

Egypt Condemns Drone Attack on Two of Saudi Arabia’s Aramco Oil Facilities

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 15, 2019

Sisi Says Videos on Government Corruption Full of ‘Lies’ and ‘Slander’

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 14, 2019

Egypt-Belgium MoU Secures EGP 16 m For Baron Palace Renovation

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 13, 2019

Egypt Appoints New Prosecutor General Hamada El-Sawy

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 12, 2019

London School of Economics Denies Reports of Deal to Open Branch in Egypt’s New Capital

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 11, 2019
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.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.