Egyptian court dresses female court attire

A court in Egypt has reportedly worn female court dress to celebrate the first female court appearance in a country where women still are not allowed to run for public office.

The court dressed in the traditional Egyptian dress of a black and white dress with a red embroidered veil.

Women who want to run are usually accompanied by their male guardians.

The female court was first introduced in 2017, after Egypt passed a law that allowed women to run in the presidential elections.

The law was later amended and made retroactive, allowing women to participate in elections for the first time in 2019.

The new law was signed by the President, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, on Friday.

Sissi is the brother of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in July 2017.

The president, who is also Muslim, has since signed several laws, such as the one allowing women who are widows or divorced to enter the military, and is the first president to visit the country’s prisons.

Sisi, who ruled Egypt for more than two decades, was deposing Morsi in July of this year, and has ruled Egypt under a military dictatorship since the military ousted him in 2013.

In a statement on Friday, Sissis office said that the court was inaugurated “in celebration of the first successful female court case”.

Sissisi said that it is the “first female court of a modern country, and the first court of an Arab country”.

The court had previously worn black robes with red embroidery, and wore the traditional black-and-white gown.

It was first launched by a group of female lawyers in the city of Badiha in Egypt’s eastern province of Giza in the early 2020s.

The head of the group, Nafaa Al-Tahrir, told the Associated Press news agency that she hoped the new court dress would encourage women to stand up to the oppressive system that she believes has taken away their rights.

The ruling, which was carried by state TV, was welcomed by human rights organisations, but also criticised by some rights groups, who said the court dress was disrespectful.

“It is not enough to show a few signs of independence,” said Ahmed al-Ghannam, a spokesman for the rights group Reprieve, in a statement.

“We need to demonstrate that there is no place for a woman who is unable to go to court or even sit in the same courtroom as men,” said Al-Ghannaam.

The Egyptian government says it has a strict dress code for women, but critics say it fails to protect women from the oppression of society.

“The current law has become a template for the modern system of gender discrimination in Egypt,” said Nafsa El Khater, director of the Women’s Rights Initiative at Amnesty International.

“There are many examples of dress codes that are blatantly sexist, like for example in the military.

These codes are the basis for the widespread discrimination against women, whether it’s sexual discrimination, physical violence, or forced labour,” said El Khator.

El Khati told Al Jazeera that the current dress code “has nothing to do with women’s dignity, and it’s a way to keep men at arm’s length.”

The government of President Abdel Fattah al -Sissieh has also said that Egypt is committed to implementing the law passed by the Egyptian parliament in 2019, which made women able to run independently in all political races.

The women’s rights activist added that Egypt needs to be more inclusive, saying the new dress code should be updated and made more inclusive of women.

“In order for women to be able to compete, they need to be allowed to participate, and women who want a new challenge must have a new dress and a new style,” said Khater.

“Women have been denied that opportunity and it has to change.”