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In the recent gubernatorial reshuffle, two Copts were appointed as governors for the first time ever with Dr. Manāl Mikhāʾīl in Damietta and Dr. Kamāl Shārūbīm in Daqahlīya, a move commended by the Coptic circles and considered as a step on the road to citizenship.
In the latest new governors movement, Dr. Manāl Mikhā’īl has been appointed as Governor of Damietta to become the first Coptic woman, and the second woman, to serve as a governor in Egypt. Al-Dustūr presents a summary of her biography in the lines below.
Before the outbreak of the 25th of January Revolution, women and Copts have been two politically and socially marginalized groups. However, they managed to make their way to political and social engagement. 
Dr. Shawqī `Allām, Egypt’s Grand Mufti, considered that women holding senior positions is the culmination of their efforts, expertise and efficiency. It conveys many messages and shows that women are capable of performing in all fields. This came during his visit to the Governorate of Bihīra to...
The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights expressed its deep displeasure from the position of the salafīs’ negative position regarding the appointment of a women as Governor, whereby they used religion to affect the feelings of the simple [poor, undereducated] sectors of the Egyptian population...
The Egyptian Salafi Dāfi’ (defending) Movement issued an official statement on Saturday condemning the appointment of Nadia ‘Abduh to the position of governor of al-Beheirah, calling it “not permissible”. The Salafi movement said in the controversial statement that, “A People will not succeed who...
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