Women, young and old, sit and wait for the main service to begin in Santa Maria Church in the all Christian village of Deir Azra in Minya governate, Egypt, Friday, June 24, 2011. As members of a religious minority, Coptic women in Egypt face discrimination and are subject to laws based on Islamic Sharia. Because of the difficulty of getting a divorce in the Coptic Church, some Christian men and women convert to Islam in order to get one, a decision that has far-reaching social and legal consequences for the family and sometimes the entire community. Coptic women's conversion to Islam has been documented to spark sectarian violence in numerous instances.
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