Building Democracy in Egypt: Women’s Political Participation, Political Party Life, and Democratic Elections

Authored by: Hala Mustafa, Abd al-Ghaffar Shukor, and Amre Hashem Rabi’

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions
Country: Egypt
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2005
Citation: Mustafa, Hala, Abd al-Ghaffar Shukor, and Amre Hashem Rabi’. Building Democracy in Egypt: Women's Political Participation, Political Party Life, and Democratic Elections. Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, 2005. Accessed October 21, 2016.

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Internal pressures and advocacy for change have raised awareness and precipitated debates about the nature and need for reform processes in many Arab countries. Such debates have drawn in a diverse range of groups articulating interests and defining their own political programmes. In this context, electoral processes, women's participation and political parties have emerged as central issues in political reform agendas in the Arab world. This report is one of the outcomes of the project carried out by International IDEA, in cooperation with the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), aimed at discussing democratic reform in Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. The aim of the project has been to contribute comparative analysis and information on good practice so as to enrich debate on democratic reform in the three countries. The project focused on three interconnected themes seen as entry points to help establish a reform-oriented agenda: electoral system reform, the political participation of women and the development of political parties. The challenges, opportunities and recommendations identified in the report are the result of the work of research teams in each of the three countries together with the contributions made during the regional meetings organized by the project.