Muslim Brotherhood Opposed Women’s Council Reform
It was perhaps the first time that the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, has firmly stood up to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
The reasons for this change in tone were not that the SCAF was ignoring popular demands to accelerate the transfer of power. Nor were the Muslim Brotherhood motivated by the handling of the investigation into the Port Said football massacre. It was not even over SCAF chief Mohamed Hussein Tantawi’s refusal to appear before parliament.
The FJP is angry about a SCAF decision to restructure the National Council for Women (NCW), in order to boost the effectiveness of the state agency that promotes the participation of women in society and politics.
The Islamist party’s reaction has brought back fears over the status of women’s rights under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.