Over the past decade a number of important legal reforms have led to the empowerment of women in Egypt, one of which is a divorce law called khul.

This thought-provoking film highlights the inequalities that exist between husbands and wives in their rights to divorce in Egypt and explores how the law of khul is helping to empower women, by allowing them to gain a divorce without having to prove who is at fault.

Historically, men have had the freedom to divorce women without giving reason, without going to court and without even telling their wife they wanted to separate. For women the process of divorce was much harder and they needed to state reasons why and have proof. Khul changed this, even though in doing so women have to give up all financial rights from their marriage. Growing numbers of women seeking no fault divorces have risen year on year as more women choose divorce in order to gain freedom from repressive marriages.

This film explores how khul is thought of and portrayed in Egyptian society, the role of the media and how it is reinforcing negative feelings towards khul. It gives women who are risking exclusion and financial poverty in going for khul the chance to discuss the reasons why they decided to seek divorce and start their lives again, sometimes without their children.

Watch this film and follow these Egyptian women who are seeking khul and working in the legal system, as they share their stories and experiences.

This film was directed by Lucy Bennett and is part of the ‘Real World’ scheme to bring together talented young filmmakers with academics from Pathways to collaborate.