Egypt Gives New Option for Women Seeking Divorce

Egypt’s Parliament voted today to give women a second option when seeking to divorce their husbands. Women may now file a request for divorce based on incompatibility.

Under the current procedure, a woman has to prove that her husband had mistreated her. This procedure is difficult to prove and the ruling usually is against the wife. Regardless, government statistics show that some 1.5 million requests for divorce are filed by women in Egypt each year.

“This is a victory for women who spend years and years of their lives seeking divorce and never getting it” said Hosn Shah, one of the women who campaigned for this reform.


New York Times - January 28, 2000

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