File: Tahet El Wesaya poster.
Hanan ( Mona Zaki) was sentenced to one year in prison in the finale of the popular series “Tahet El Wesaya” ( Under guardianship).
MP Amira El Adly
Two Egyptian MPs have called for changing Egyptian guardianship law after the success of “Tahet El Wesaya” series.
MP Mohamed Ismail
The two MPs Amira El Adly and Mohamed Ismail who are members of Coordination’s Committee of Parties' Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) presented separate requests to the speaker of the parliament and to the justice minister to review the impact of the guardianship law that the majority say unfairly effects women and harms their children.
According to the Egyptian guardianship law when a father dies, legal guardianship over his kids under the age of 18 and their inheritance goes to their paternal grandfather or to a guardian nominated by the father , leaving the mother with no control over the financial and educational rights of her kids.
" Tahet El Wesaya" revolves around a mother of two who struggles to maintain her kids life and secure their education after the death of her husband.
In the series, the protagonist, played by Mona Zaki, discovers she no longer has control over her husband’s fishing boat which is her only source of income.
She also discovers that the law gives her father-in-law the right to take her children out of school without her permission.
National Council for Women in Egypt praised the series for highlighting the issue of children’s education after the death of a father.
“ Tahet El Wesaya” series proves the power of drama and how it can contribute to changing unfair laws that violate Islam principles with the support of institutions such as the National Council for Women, that is trying hard to change wrong social traditions.
The series comes within the context of United Media Services efforts to discuss important societal problems and work hard to find solutions to them.
It is worth mentioning that the acclaimed British daily newspaper “The Guardian” described “Tahet El Wesaya” series as the hit TV drama that sparked calls for reform of Egypt’s guardianship law.