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Poll: 69% of Egypt women think they are fit for cabinet

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:14 PM 
Women queue to vote in a referendum on Egypt's new constitution at a school used as a polling station, in Alexandria December 15, 2012. Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

Sixty-nine percent of Egyptian women think that females are fit for cabinet, a survey reveals.

A survey conducted on women of the age group 18 - 64 by an Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research "Baseera" revealed that 79 percent of Egypt's women think they should be in the People's Assembly, reported the state news agency MENA.

The study also showed that 57 percent of women believe that education is more important than marriage; it reflects that women's high capacity matched a lacking in their aspirations which can be traced back to cultural challenges and economic reasons.

Director of the Research Centre, Maged Osman, said that the poll was conducted on 3, 002 women in collaboration with the United Nations and the National Council for Women.

It is the first gender-based study about the expectations of women after the uprising, said Osman.

The poll disclosed that despite women's high personal ambitions they have low expectations for their role in public life.

"Egyptian women are tied down by a heritage of traditional values in their view of the world," Osman commented on the results.

He thought that this heritage did not undergo a sufficient renovation despite the development of women's abilities in comparison with older generations.

Women groups had worked on achieving 30 percent quota for women representation in parliamentarian councils and leadership positions.

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