The recent TV series Taht El Waseya (Under Guardianship) has brought to light the major flaws in laws related to women in Egypt.
The series tells the story of Hanan, played by Mona Zaki, a widow who faces numerous challenges after her husband’s death, including the inability to inherit her children’s money, which is now under the guardianship of their grandfather.
Unfortunately, we have to wait for TV series to discuss major flows in our laws, but at least at least we’re having the discussion.
Let us delves deeper into the topic of women inheriting their children’s money and the struggles they face in the process.
The Story of Taht El Waseya
The story of Taht el Waseya revolves around Hanan, who has worked hard all her life to secure a future for her children. However, after her husband’s death, she has no control over the money he left for their children.
The money is considered the natural inheritance of his children, and the mother has no authority over it. Instead, the guardian of the children’s money is their grandfather, who has the power to approve or reject any requests related to the money.
The Fourth Episode
In the fourth episode of the series, Hanan’s objection to the rejection of granting her custody of her children after her husband’s death is depicted.
She is informed by a council employee that the guardianship of the children’s money has been transferred to their grandfather.
Hanan is shocked by this and raises many questions, such as why she, as a mother, cannot take control of the money and why her children have to be under their grandfather’s guardianship.
Revising Laws Related to Personal Status and Guardianship Laws
The series Taht el Waseya sheds light on the issue of women inheriting their children’s money, which is a significant flaw in laws related to women in Egypt.
It raises important questions about the need to update laws that discriminate against women and prevent them from exercising their rights as responsible mothers.
Women’s Inheritance Rights in Egypt
The issue of women inheriting their children’s money is not limited to “Under Guardianship.”
In Egypt, a mother cannot take her children’s inheritance money, open a bank account for them, transfer them from school to school, or even keep them in her custody without the father or grandfather’s approval.
This is a significant problem for divorced or widowed mothers who may not have access to their children’s money or may have to struggle to provide for their children’s needs.
Discrimination Against Women
The issue of women inheriting their children’s money is just one aspect of a broader problem of personal status laws that discriminate against women in Egypt.
Last Ramadan, the series “Faten Amal Harbi” also highlighted the issue of personal status laws. Unfortunately, it seems that TV series are the only way to bring attention to these issues, as the laws themselves are not being updated to reflect the changes in society.
It is time for the government to take action and revise laws related to personal status and guardianship to ensure that women are not left in limbo when it comes to their children’s affairs.
The issue of women inheriting their children’s money in Egypt is a significant problem that needs urgent attention. Widowed or divorced mothers should not be denied the right to their children’s inheritance money, and laws should be revised to ensure that women have equal rights to their children’s affairs.
The media has played a crucial role in highlighting these issues, but it is time for the government to take action and make the necessary changes to ensure that women are not discriminated against.