Egyptian women have been constrained from entering local-level politics by the lack of finances, domestic responsibilities, or social pressures. However, the current Egyptian constitution offers a huge opportunity for women to be members of the LPCs as Article 180 stipulates that women should occupy 13,500 seats. This is a considerable step forward, knowing that only 2335 women were elected in the 2008 LPC, 4.4% of the total local council members. Seizing this opportunity, Tadwein designed a programme to encourage and support the effective participation of women in the Egyptian local councils.
The programme specific objectives are to:
Promote and exercise more effective decentralization policies.
Create more spaces for women to effectively occupy political and public spaces.
Fight social stigmas regarding women’s presence and participation in political spaces.
Provide better representation of youth in the formal political channels.
Address issues of violence against women at the local level.