This is the first time in Egyptian history that women have been appointed to the rank of deputy-governor. However, all seventeen of the new governors were male. There are 27 governors in total. The new governors and their deputies were sworn in on February 7.
This round of appointments also saw a significant shift towards civilian leadership for a country historically dominated by its military. Of the 17 new governors only 3 are military men, the rest coming from either an academic or a business background. Last year Professor Yazid, a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Centre, who studied Egypt’s relationship with its military in great detail said “I'm not sure there's any other country where the presence of military officers at all levels of the state is as extensive as in Egypt.”
By contrast, in President Sisi’s initial reshuffle of governorships immediately after the removal of Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi, 19 generals were appointed.
Although the appointment of three women to deputy governorship positions is a landmark victory for women’s rights in Egypt, some women’s rights activists decried the slow progress towards gender equality in Egypt."
Read article by Elliot Friedland from The Clarion Project.