The past hours have witnessed a new development regarding the guardianship law in Egypt, as President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed his intention to respond immediately – in accordance with his constitutional and legal powers – with regard to the demands agreed upon by parties and youth movements regarding amending the guardianship law over money, especially since this would solve many problems. Problems faced by orphans and widows.
Al-Sisi’s speech came in response to the speech of the Head of the Technical Secretariat of the National Dialogue, Counselor Mahmoud Fawzy, during the main dialogue session at the National Youth Conference in Alexandria, where he raised 3 issues, including amending the guardianship law.
Drama changes laws
This project came as a reaction to the huge resonance caused by the series “Under the Guardianship”, which was shown during last Ramadan.
The series was written by Khaled and Sherine Diab and directed by Mohamed Shaker Khudair. As for the collective championship, Mona Zaki, the child Omar Sharif and Diab, Rushdi Al-Shami, Khaled Kamal, Maha Nassar and others participated in it.
The events of the work centered around Hanan, the widow who, after her husband’s death, was surprised by the guardianship of her children, and she turned to the grandfather who suffocated her financially and morally, so she was forced to succumb and live in the house of the late husband’s family.
And when she finds herself unable to control the simplest details of her children’s lives, and that others, no matter how much they love their children or how close they are, do not know what is best for them, which threatens their psychological peace and their right to a decent life, she decides to flee with her children to another city and expose herself to danger or legal accountability in the hope of giving her children the life they deserve. All the way to the end of the work, which was found by specialists closest to the painful reality and the nature of the laws that limit the mother’s ability to dispose of her children’s money after the death of their father.
The current guardianship law dates back to 1952, and stipulates that financial and educational guardianship will be transferred after the death of the father to the grandfather and then to the uncle.
This law faces criticism due to the limitation of a woman’s ability to dispose of her children’s money, in addition to the money losing its actual value with time if the child is waiting until the child reaches the legal age to benefit from their inheritance at the age of 21, which in turn requires the introduction of new legislation that allows the state to invest money safely. To keep its value until it is received by the children.
Demand to amend the guardianship law
The audience gathered around the series “Under the Guardianship”, which received 61.6 million views during its presentation in the second half of Ramadan, and won many awards as the best work of the year.
As soon as the series ended, the competent authorities rushed to move. On the one hand, Representative Amira Al-Adly and Representative Muhammad Ismail submitted separate requests to the Speaker of Parliament and the Minister of Justice to examine the guardianship law because of what they considered severe damage to the family.
On the other hand, the National Council for Women issued a statement calling for amendments to personal status laws, and granting guardianship and the right to supervise mothers with regard to financial and legal matters, especially urgent cases.
Attorney Nihad Abu Al-Qumsan also called for amending the guardianship law over money, stressing that the amendment should include what qualifies him to deal with the father and mother as one entity that is concerned with managing children’s affairs without allowing the interference of any other parties.
Women’s issues from society to the screen
“Under Guardianship” is not the only drama that showcases some of the problems that women suffer from in Egyptian society. During the past Ramadan, other series were shown that shed light on thorny issues of no less importance.
Among these works is the series “A rare coin”, which dealt with the issue of depriving women of inheritance in Upper Egypt, and the series “Hazrat al-Omda”, which referred to the violence that some women suffer from. This was repeated in previous Ramadan or dramatic seasons, so we watched the series “Faten Amal Harbi” in 2022, which focused on highlighting the repercussions of separation on divorced women with regard to the mother’s right to alimony or educational mandate.
And in 2021, the series “Newton’s Game”, which was a loud cry launched by Mona Zaki, was also shown during a bold act that reviewed the issue of verbal divorce, and the irreparable disruption it might cause in a woman’s life.
The second season of the series “Why not”, starring Menna Shalaby, was also presented and revolved around the right of women who have never been married to embrace or sponsorship without being rejected by society or by laws making it difficult for them to take procedures, which was followed by the announcement of the Ministry of Social Solidarity to increase the number of child sponsorship requests after View this work.