I wanted to point you in the direction of this article from the Associated Press:
It took a street protest, government intervention and a Constitutional Court ruling over the past weeks to get women appointed to Egypt’s State Council court for the first time. The final result was a victory, but many women’s rights advocates are dismayed that after decades of struggle it took such a fight, and that such views still run so deep, even among the country’s elite.
Especially given that women have already been judges for years on most Egyptian courts.
This is easily my favourite part:
“They say their decision to ban women from the bench is out of compassion for us, they want to spare women the tiring, difficult work,” columnist Amal Abdel-Hadi wrote in the independent daily, al-Masry al-Youm. “These judges have obviously not worked as a public school teacher, a nurse or a midwife.”
There’s also some history around recent issues in women’s rights in the Egyptian legal system as well as an interview with Tahany el-Gebali, who became the first woman judge in 2003. Go give it a read.