Does the Brotherhood have a program to address these glaring inequalities? According to Sondos Asem, senior editor of the Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language website and high-ranking member of the FJP, the answer is yes.Advance the status of women under the terms of sharia? Does Sheema think we kafirs are stupid or what? One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at such manifest bollocks.
While sharing Ms. [Mona] Eltahawy’s concerns, Ms. Asem believes that the roots of misogyny must be addressed through a holistic approach. Illiteracy and poverty are the drivers of so many ills; reduction of these twin blights is a high priority for the FJP. At the same time, the government must enforce legislation to eradicate female genital mutilation, and protect women from widespread harassment. The FJP platform, according to Ms. Asem, encourages female entrepreneurship, since economic security for women is essential for societal change. The FJP also aims to counteract the negative perception of women’s political participation by promoting the active participation of women.
President Mohamed Morsi has made good on this promise by announcing that a woman will be named to the position of vice-president, commenting to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: “Women’s rights are equal to men … There shouldn’t be any kind of distinction between Egyptians except that is based on the constitution and the law.”
It remains to be seen whether the Brotherhood will indeed advance the status of women, given the conservative nature of the organization. Or, if it will acquiesce to hard-liners who seek to control women’s choices.
Update: From the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical A Power Drum Song:
I'm a chick and by me that really sucks.
Have to wear a black shroud to hide my figure.
In my land chicks like me are sitting ducks
And a forced clitorectomy's de rigueur...