Egypt has several different types of judges and courts. The Council of States is an
Con: The Hanafi school of jurisprudence approves women judges in civil, personal status and financial courts but disapproves of them in criminal courts.Most schools of Islamic jurisprudence are totally against women judges
Pro: Egypt's Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa has said the appointment of women to judicial positions does not contradict Islamic precepts. "The job of a judge is merely to know the law well and to implement it fairly. The inclusion of women is a right owed to society as a whole."
As a non-Egyptians and non-Muslim, my opinion has not been sought nor completely welcomed on this topic. However, it is interesting to view this debate as an outsider while a very similar debate rages in in the U.S. about gays in the military. My female language professor calls herself a liberal but its completely opposed to the idea of female judges. As an educated, professional women, she sites the very same arguments as the men do to argue that women would not make good judges in Egypt. As the debate rages on, stay tuned for the final deciding vote next week!
Should women in Egypt be judges/ weigh in...