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Egyptian men band together to fight the “tyranny” of women

A number of Egyptian men have established an organization to protest against women who…

December 9, 2009 5:58 by



A number of Egyptian men have established an organization to protest against women who divorce their husbands, and to protect men from the “tyranny” of women, reports Al Arabiya. Abdul-Rahman Hamed, the founder of Egyptian Organization for Divorced Men, claims the ‘law of unconditional divorce’, or khol’a, has encouraged women to abuse their power to divorce men.

“The law of unconditional divorce has become a sword hanging over men’s heads,” he said, adding “men are the ones who now need organizations to fight for their rights,” to protect themselves from the “tyranny” of women.

The law, which was passed in 2000, allows women to get divorced if they release their future ex-husbands from all financial obligations. Unlike other forms of divorce, a khol’a cannot be reversed.

Hamed said: “Men are losing ground [because of the law]. In the past, a man had the upper hand. Now, the woman is acting as his peer. If he threatens her with divorce, she does the same. She might even divorce him without his knowledge.”

The organization has over 1,000 members. Some of them, Hamed claims, are celebrities.

“Many of our members are public figures but I cannot disclose their names. There are also men from several professions – doctors, engineers, businessmen, rights activists and others,” he said.



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  1. AP on December 10, 2009 10:15 am

    Come on Men, wake up. We are not living in the past. What do we expect? to continue dominating women in the modern world also? If they want to divorce without being dependent on you for financial support, so be it. Let them go and enjoy, and you will find a new beauty to enjoy as well! Enjoy, more the merrier, without troubling the woman who does not want to live with you. I think its a very good law to protect women. As long as the children are taken care properly.
    By the way, I am a one-woman man, happily married. Getting respect, giving respect. Getting love, giving love.

     
  2. Mohamed on December 10, 2009 11:11 am

    I am Egyptian and as you can guess from the name I am a married male for over 20 years. This is non sense if it is for “fighting”. I would imagine it would be for sharing thoughts and experience and may be finding another partner. It is not possible that people will force women to live with them even though they do not want.

     
  3. Randa on December 10, 2009 1:58 pm

    Egyptian men “band together” because they don’t like to be on their toes! And also because those men are probably control freaks. I think it’s a good thing for a woman to leave her husband if he is not respecting her, is abusive, or an alcoholic, etc. It’s time these men start shaping up. not by trying to stop this law, but by improving their condition, their relationship and communicating more with their wives.

     

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