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Women and Justice in the Egyptian Constitution: A Reading from within
Do constitutions safeguard the rights of women? What is the importance of constitutions in the context of defending women’s rights? These questions are often raised within the framework of gender studies and organizations calling for women’s rights. Why is this the case? There are three considerations to bear in mind. First, there is the critique aimed at liberal feminism, on the grounds of the latter’s excessive focus on reforming and amending laws to secure women’s rights, while ignoring, to a large extent, the prevalent authoritative system and social norms which can obstruct the implementation of just laws that are beneficial to society. This can lead to unanticipated results that may not necessarily be in the interest of women and may not achieve the expected goal.
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