In a word, yes. Despite the protestations of Secretary of State Clinton and others, these developments are not a “hijacking” of the revolution, but a reflection of the actual values of so many hoped-for “moderates,” including James Clapper’s “largely secular” Muslim Brotherhood (short for, in many Washington minds, the Largely Secular But Slightly Muslim And We Promise Only In a Good Way Brotherhood).
Why are they surprised in D.C.? Because they have been willfully blind to any suggestion that the increased influence of Islamic law could possibly end badly. In this case, the Muslim Brotherhood has already stated its opposition to women and Copts as president of Egypt. We will see a trickle-down effect of that precedent as the powers-that-be who intend to impose Sharia fill in the blanks regarding what else the women and kuffar can’t have, as they see fit: for the same reasons they can’t be president, why bother with letting them be governor? Mayor? And so on into local councils, businesses, and daily human interaction.
“Women’s rights group condemns recent governor appointments,” by Safaa Abdoun for Daily News Egypt, April 18 (thanks to Twostellas):
CAIRO: The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) condemned the recent reshuffling and appointment of new governors in Egypt that excluded women, describing it as “disappointing and contradictory to the principles of citizenship, justice and equality.”
In a press statement, ECWR said that the recent appointments contradict the principles of the January 25 Revolution; the revolution where women participated effectively in all its phases and stood side by side with their male counterparts.
“The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights is worried that this exclusion may be intentional with the pretext that now is not the convenient time to talk about women’s rights,” the statement read.
The ECWR called on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s Cabinet to emphasize the principle of citizenship as “women should be represented equally in all phases of drawing Egypt’s future because they play an effective role in society.”
The center also called on them to bear in mind women’s fair representation in all leading positions, as well as “take clear action towards women’s participation” and towards ensuring women’s rights in laws in general and in public positions in particular.
Last week, Sharaf sacked twenty governors including those of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Qena, Suez, Menufiya, Assiut and Sharqeya who were removed in response to the demands of opposition groups and political activists, who described them as being “corrupt” and “illegitimate.”
Their newly-appointed replacements were sworn in on Saturday before the head of the ruling SCAF Mohamed Hussein Tantawy.
Political analyst Emad Gad from Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies said that the new governors appointed by the current cabinet and army council are the latest in a series of decisions which continue to sideline sectors of society in the post revolution period, despite the fact that everyone was equally represented during the revolution.
Gad cited the National Dialogue as an example of excluding certain segments of society.
Gad stressed that “without equality we won’t have true democracy” and so all groups have to come together and join forces as they did in the revolution in order to ensure equality during this developmental process since it’s the essence of a free country.
The ECWR compared the exclusive appointment of male governors in Egypt to the case in Tunisia, whose popular revolution had inspired the Egyptian Revolution saying, “When will we follow Tunisia in their progressive vision and their future plan which is based on the principle of citizenship?”
Next question: how long will Tunisia follow its “progressive vision?”
The ECWR explained in its statement that unlike Egypt, Tunsia has appreciated the role women played in the revolution, thus the High Commission issued a decree stipulating that women should constitute half of the members of the National Constituent Assembly in order to achieve the objectives of the revolution, and to continue the political reform and democratic transition.
“Is the Egyptian woman, with her history, not like the Tunisian woman?” the statement asked.
“Is she to be excluded from being appointed as governor and excluded, as she was earlier, from several committees which had been formed during and after the revolution?
The silence on the recent upheaval over the appointment of a Christian governor is noteworthy. They’re clearly not touching that, even though it stems from the same source of discrimination.
“Did the Egyptian revolution erupt to take Egyptian women a step backward?”
Many women’s rights activists are concerned that the achievements of women’s rights during the last 30 years may be drowned out because they were associated with former first lady Suzanne Mubarak.
“There is this association between women’s issues and the ousted regime due to the presentation of the former first lady as the advocate for women’s rights, however many activists and members of civil society have been long pushing for rights that were gained during the former regime and many of them were milestones, so let’s not eliminate it all because of this association,” head of ECWR, Nehad Abul Komsan, said at a conference earlier this month.