Factors Suppressing Egyptian Women’s Participation in Public Affairs: Case Study of Egyptian Uprising 2011
1Nevine Henry Wasef
Women in Egypt have been active participants in the public affairs in recent decades, which was optimized during the Uprising of 2011. The purpose of this paper is to propose that women’s participation has generated many forms of violence against them. This violence would act as a deterrent factor for other females for participation causing a state of avoidance among many females to avoid the negative consequences of their participation in public affairs. Data are collected via questionnaires to explorewhether women’s participation in the public spheregenerate violence against them and to what extent women abstain from participation just to avoid potential violence. It was concluded that the various forms of violence whether family-based violence, social violence, and political violence,are the major reasonswhy Egyptian women avoid participation in politics and public affairs which is defined in this paper as“admin-political apathy”. The research is based on original empirical research targeting Egyptian women who are scolded for their participation in politics and public affairs, which eventually results in their admin-political apathy. The paper recommends that protecting women's civil rights by law is substantially effective in withstanding violence directed towards them causing obvious exclusion of females from political and public life.
Public Affairs, Political Participation, Admin-political Apathy, Women, Uprising, Social Violence, Political Violence, Family Violence.