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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 kippreport
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.