Cairo – Renowned Egyptian Journalist and MP Abdul Rehim Ali, Albawabh News editor-in-chief, has expressed his strong disapproval of using the National Council of Women (NCW) for making special favors that shows how far it has gone from its role as a national institution concerned about Egyptian women without discrimination or bias.
His remarks came in a comment on the NCW’s biased decision to officially nominate businesswoman, Heba El-Sewedi, as a prospective candidate for "Makers of Hope" Initiative Award, which was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President.
In an urgent motion submitted to the Parliament, Ali said that the NCW has been involved in this matter while losing sight that it is a state institution that has to maintain a great deal of ‘neutrality’ in such competitions.
Ali also pointed out that ‘favoritism’ is contrary to the Egyptian Constitution as well as to the NCW’s bylaws. “However, the NCW has given preference to one candidate over the rest of the candidates who are themselves pioneer, glass-ceiling Egyptian women with great potentials,” noted Ali.
Ali also added that Maya Morsy, the NCW’s president, has caused a widening split between senior members and the rest of the members in the Council over this matter. "She should have stood at one distance from all candidates for the Award, pointing out that what she has done was a dangerous and unprecedented in the Council's history."
Ali asked that Dr. Maya Morsy must rescind her decision and give a public apology for this inconvenience.
Among the Egyptian candidates who were nominated for "Makers of Hope" Initiative Award is Dr. ‘Ghada Abdul Rehim Ali,’ an academic and advocate for women in labor force, and an entrepreneur who supports initiatives that encourage innovation and creativity among young people.