Egypt divorce rates hit new high with ‘khula’ law


Years after its implementation, an evaluation of the “khula,”─ unconditional divorce ─ law unraveled serious repercussions on family life in Egypt and necessitated the study of solutions that attempt to curtail the phenomenon.

Under the title “Reforming Social Life in Egypt,” the Egyptian Family Coalition organized a conference, in coordination with the Ministry of Social Affairs and several non-governmental organizations, to discuss the latest developments in the status of Egyptian families and children, the official daily al-Ahram reported Sunday.

According to the statistics presented in the conference, the unconditional divorce law, which allows the woman to end the marriage provided that she waives her financial rights, has contributed to a remarkable hike in divorce rates in Egypt.

With the “khula” law, divorce cases have amounted to 5.4 million and around seven million children ended up in orphanages or in the streets especially after one of the parents or both remarry, said Sameh Mekhlef, head of the Association for the Rescue of the Egyptian family and member of the Egyptian Family coalition.

“The coalition is stressing the necessity of returning stability and love to the Egyptian family,” he said in the conference.

Mekhlef suggested that all associations working in the field of family affairs should work together to promote the ethics that keep families together and reduce the reasons for disagreements.

“We should also steer away from Western values that have a negative effect on the unity of the family and that promote ideas which are strange to our society,” he added.

This attempt to save the Egyptian family from disintegration, he explained, should take place with the participation of all social, cultural, and religious bodies that can contribute to the propagation of values that keep the family intact.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)