House of Lords written question – answered at on 8 November 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Shadow Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Egypt to ensure that women are able to participate equally in the forthcoming elections and the wider political environment, including fair representation, in the light of the absence of women from the constitutional review committee.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Women in Egypt continue to face obstacles that prevent their full participation in political and economic life. Staff from our embassy in Cairo have raised women's rights, and how these would be protected and developed in the future, with the relevant Egyptian authorities.

Gender equality, inclusiveness and human rights are key dimensions in our Arab Partnership work, and women's participation is an important part of supporting transitions and building stability in the region. Through this work in Egypt, we are supporting a pilot project to strengthen women's political participation by providing women already engaged at the local level with the skills to organise successful campaigns and promote human rights. In all our work to support inclusive political dialogue in Egypt we aim to ensure women are prominently represented.

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