Women Belong in the Egyptian Constitution (March 12, 1954) – Ms. Magazine

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March 12, 1954: Durriya Shafik, founder and president of the Bint al-Nil (Daughter of the Nile) Party, announced today in Cairo that she would be undertaking a fast to protest the exclusion of women from elections for a Constitutional Assembly.

The Constitutional Assembly in question will meet on July 23rd to draft changes to the Egyptian Constitution.

She sent telegrams to General Naguib, President and Prime Minister, as well as members of the ruling junta and the nation’s religious and political leaders. In her message she said:

“I have taken a firm resolution to go on a hunger strike until my last breath, or until Egyptian women attain their constitutional rights, without any conditions. I demand their admission because we are convinced that women, who form more than half the nation must not, at any cost, be governed by a constitution in the making of which…

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