GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
January 2000: President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt signs a legal-reform package that provides women equal divorce rights.

The new law signed into law by Egyptian president Mubarak essentially gives women the same divorce rights as men. Women no longer need to show proof of physical abuse or adultery, for example, to end a marriage. Egypt becomes only the second country in the Arab world, after Tunisia, to grant women these rights.

NPR Egyptian Women's Rights
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A new law in Egypt gives women some limited rights in divorce cases, such as the legal means of trying to recover alimony payments that are in arrears.