Egypt’s National Council for Women Rejects Draft of New Constitution

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Egypt’s National Council for Women expressed rejection of the first draft of the country’s new revolution for allegedly limiting women’s rights, feminists said on Monday, October 22, in a press conference held at the Journalists Syndicate headquarters in Cairo.

Many male political activists also attended the conference to show solidarity with women and voice rejection of the new constitution draft.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mervat Tellawy, head of the National Council for Women:
“The new constitution that comes after January 25 Revolution must not diminish the rights of women, children, family, judiciary institutions, Al-Azhar honorable institution, the freedom of expression and creativity.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We want Egypt’s women to be on equal footing with Egypt’s men, particularly in the Constituent Assembly (CA) that drafts the constitution. The CA is invalid.”

Feminists and human rights activists stressed that women worked side by side with men during January 25 Revolution in 2011 that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

Among the controversial articles in the draft constitution is one replacing “trafficking of women” to “violating the rights of women,” which feminists see as evasive and rubbery that doesn’t address the crime of human trafficking in the international law.

The attendees said that the articles about women’s right in the draft constitution are considered “repressive.”

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 22, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 22, 2012
Language: Arabic
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SHOTLIST:
1. Medium shot, the Syndicate of Journalist in Cairo
2. Various shots, a number of women raising signs demanding women’s rights and equality with men
3. Wide shot, the press conference, the attendees applauding for Mervat Tellawy, head of the National Council for Women, during her speech
4. Various shots of the attendees
5. Medium shot, Tellawy speaking during the press conference
6. Close shot, a reporter taking notes
7. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mervat Tellawy, head of the National Council for Women:
“The new constitution that comes after January 25 Revolution must not diminish the rights of women, children, family, judiciary institutions, Al-Azhar honorable institution, the freedom of expression and creativity.” 8. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We want Egypt’s women to be on equal footing with Egypt’s men, particularly in the Constituent Assembly (CA) that drafts the constitution. The CA is invalid.” 9. Various shots of the conference and the attendees
10. Various shots of the attendees
11. Wide, pan left shot, Syndicate of Journalist in Cairo

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