Dalia Ibrahim, Receives AWIEF Award 2022/23

Dalia Ibrahim, the CEO of Nahdet Misr & Founder of EdVentures, was shortlisted as a winner in one of the 10 categories of the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022/23. She was granted MBA Leadership Award 2022/23 during the annual AWIEF Award ceremony. Dalia Ibrahim, TOP 50 Forum Member, was recognized as one of the World’s most influential women in business, and EdTech development. She incorporates her ambition and passion for excellence to cultivate an impact on community development.

Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is one of the continent’s leading innovation and entrepreneurship events, which was held in North Africa for the first time in a collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC) In the presence of Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat and Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA) for the hosting of this year’s event in Egypt. Dalia also took part in an insightful panel with our Founder and CEO Mrs. Dalia Ibrahim discussing “Finance and Investment: The ROI of Removing Barriers to Access”.

Dalia Ibrahim has more than 25 years of professional experience in education, publishing, digital solutions, and entrepreneurship. Dalia studied BA at the AUC in Cairo and graduated with honors. She received two Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Executive Business Management. She led several positions in Nahdet Masr and succeeded in creating 3 new companies operating under its umbrella. Lately, she launched a venture capital company to support startups specializing in Edtech.

Dalia received many local and international awards. She was awarded the Arab Women and Social Responsibility award for the year 2020. She was chosen among a group of honorable women from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the Emirates. Remarking on her dedication to business, she was the AUC School of Business Alumni award for 201.

In Partnership with INP and DCarbon TOP 50 Women Forum Launches Integrated Program To Support Green Economy Transition and Climate Action

Cairo, October 3rd, 2022

As Egypt prepares to host and chair the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) in Sharm EL Shiekh by next November, the Top 50 Forum collaborates with the Institute of National Planning (INP), DCarbon Sustainability Consultancy to launch “Women Towards Sustainability” seminar. The seminar introduces the first climate awareness training for women in business and female leaders, remarking the women’s role in addressing these changes, as women are rendered the worst affected segment, according to international reports. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022.

The session’s agenda entails an orientation about the coming COP 27 and its role in propelling international efforts in this regard, along with discussing women’s role in climate action. It will also raise awareness among women about the severity of these changes. As relevant studies proved, women are considered the most affected segment by climate change, either economically or socially.

Egypt has already taken serious steps to mitigate climate change, including the restructuring of the National Council for Climate Change chaired by Egypt’s Prime Minister, Moustafa Madbouly. Further, more economic sectors have been integrated into the climate action efforts in development. The climate change strategies of adaptation and mitigation are currently carried out, in collaboration with ministries and the Green Climate Fund to set a plan for attracting investments for positive climate action.

The seminar will be held in the presence of Dr. Ashraf Al Araby- President of INB-, Dr. Ehab Shalaby- CEO and Managing Director of the DCarbon-, Dr. Hesham Eissa, Former Egyptian Focal Point, UNFCCC, and Dr. Hala Abou Ali, Environmental Planning and Development Centre, Institute of National Planning (INP).

TOP 50 Women Forum is the first-of-its-kind platform that brings together female technocrats in Egypt. The forum was set up by 50 honorees recognized as the most influential women in the Egyptian economy during “Egypt For the Best Summit 2016”, which was held in January 2016 under the auspices of Egypt’s Prime Minister. The Forum targets to promote women’s role as key partners in socio-economic development. The Forum’s members are female ministers, and C-suite executives working for major companies operating in various economic sectors, as well as female entrepreneurs.


Microsoft Egypt GM Receives Global Leadership Award In Presence of UAE’s Minister of State for Government Development and Future

Mirna Arif, Microsoft Egypt General Manager, won the Global Leadership Award at the first Women in Tech Global Movement Awards for held in Dubai. The Global Leadership Award category acknowledged her exemplary leadership that has a significant and positive impact on a group of people or an organization and their goals. Mirna was nominated in this category along with Hana Al Rostamani, Group CEO, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Eng.Bahiya Al Shuaibi, Founder & CEO, Global Space and Technology Company, Eynat Guez, Co-Founder & CEO, Papaya Global, and Mai Medhat, Co-Founder & CEO, Eventtus.

During her award acceptance speech, Mirna thanked the organizers for recognizing the achievements of everyone nominated. “I truly believe that recognition is at the core of advancing women’s role in the digital economy. It’s imperative to have platforms celebrating achievements of women in technology so young girls can be inspired to follow their suit,” she said.

“This award spurs me on to achieve even greater results especially in reducing the barriers to entry in tech for women and young girls in Egypt and the greater MENA region. These efforts start by avoiding unconscious bias, providing equal chances for all, and recognizing the powerful potential of an inclusive society” Mirna added.

The Women in Tech is a global non-profit organization on a mission to empower 5 million women and girls in tech by 2030. It organizes seven regional awards, representing different parts of the world: APAC, LATAM, MENA, Europe, Africa, and America. Each regional award has eight categories. The winner of each category will become a finalist in the Global Awards happening in Dubai, in October 2022.

The Top 50 Forum’s member, Mirna Arif was awarded during a ceremony in the presence of H.E. Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, and His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park.

Maat Reviews Egypt’s UPR Mid-Term Report Remarking Positive Updates on Women Empowerment File

Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights held today, Friday, September 30, 2022, a symposium entitled Human Rights in Egypt: In the Light of the UPR Mid-Term Report’, at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, on the sidelines of

the activities of the 51st session of the Human Rights Council. The symposium was attended by several representatives of international missions, civil society organizations as well as human rights experts, and media professionals participating in the 51st session of the Council, which kicked off on September 12 and will continue until October 7, 2022.

During the symposium, Maat presented the report it prepared, which monitored and documented the human rights situation in Egypt over the past two and a half years, precisely since the UPR 3rd Cycle, from November 2019 until June 2022. By presenting the report, Maat seeks to assess the progress made in the implementation of the commitments that the government has voluntarily accepted, highlight the commitments that have not yet been implemented so far, and provide a set of recommendations to the Egyptian government.

The report indicated that Egypt has made progress in some files, especially about civil and political rights, given the launch of the national strategy for human rights, the initiation of the National Dialogue, the reactivation of the Presidential

Pardon Committee, the near closure of Case no. 173 of 2011, known as the “NGO Foreign Funding Case”, and the issuance of Associations Law and its implementing regulations. With regard to the political empowerment of youth, the report indicated that the state has taken commendable steps in this regard, 60% of the newly appointed leaderships, which number is 39 governors and deputy governors, are youth.

During the symposium, Ayman Okeil, the international human rights expert and President of Maat, said that the main objective of establishing the UPR mechanism is to help governments improve human rights conditions and to engage civil society in the process of implementing the recommendations voluntarily accepted by the government. This process would strengthen the relationship between state institutions and civil society institutions, and allow both parties to work seamlessly hand in hand to achieve a shared objective; that is developing a national plan to promote human rights situation, such as the National Strategy for Human Rights launched by the government in September 2021.

Okeil stressed that there is still an opportunity to fulfill the remaining pledges to improve the human rights situation in Egypt. However, this is only possible through the concerted efforts between the executive, legislative and judicial authorities and the national human rights bodies and civil society organizations so that these recommendations are implemented on the ground through the implementation of the axes of the national strategy, which aims to advance human rights in Egypt.

For her part, Nourhan Mustafa, Director of the International Humanitarian Law Unit at Maat, pointed out that the file of men’s rights in Egypt has witnessed positive developments in recent years, especially concerning women’s empowerment and their participation in political life, in conjunction with the endeavors to promote gender equality at the practical levels, by restructuring the institutional and policy framework to ensure eliminating discrimination against women and promoting gender equality. Women’s rights were among the priorities of the national strategy for the empowerment of Egyptian women, among other strategies to combat violence against women, and female genital mutilation and prevent human trafficking.

During the symposium, Roberto Caputo, an Italian researcher and member of the Peacemakers Forum, presented the pillars of the recommendations made to Egypt and the underlying themes. Furthermore, he stressed that the UPR helps implement the sustainable development goals, as the primary goal of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and all its bodies and mechanisms, including the review mechanism, in ensuring the implementation of the sustainable development goals in a manner consistent with international human rights standards.

CIC Holds Graduation Ceremony of NEW Batch and Honors NCW Chairperson

Canadian International College celebrated the graduation of the 2022 batch of students in the presence of M. Francis, Deputy of the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt, Dr. Mahmoud Abu Al-Nasr, CIC’s Scientific Consultant, Prof. Mamdouh Elkady, CIC’s Vice Chairman, delegate of Cape Breton University, and some media figures. NCW Chairperson, Maya Morsy, was among the honorees during the ceremony.

Deputy of the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt expressed his pleasure about the CIC’s role in developing the educational system and the constant Egyptian- Canadian educational cooperation. The ceremony awarded the academically outstanding students in engineering, media, and business management.

CIC is a higher institute that offers Canadian bachelor’s degrees accredited by the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt and Cape Breton to more than 12,000 students.

Language Wasn’t A Barrier To First Greek-Egyptian Judge in Australia, Dina Yehia

In July 2022, Dina Yehia became the first person of Greek Egyptian descent to sit on the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  However, it was challenging for her as “As a woman and an immigrant”.

Justice Yehia was seven-years-old when her family arrived in Australia from Egypt and didn’t speak any English. Since then, Justice Yehia, who is of Greek-Egyptian descent, has done a lot of fitting into an entirely new different ethnic and cultural background.” I was very fortunate that I always had some supportive mentors from the very beginning.”, Dina stated.

“Diversity on the bench,” she had stated then, “is an essential component of a fair and impartial judiciary. She was one of the 10 female judges who joined their ranks in the Supreme Court over the past eight years

She got her start as a defense attorney for the Western Aboriginal Legal Service in 1989, where she represented thousands of Indigenous clients. In 1999 she became a public defender and was appointed the first female Deputy Senior Public Defender in 2013. As judge to the District Court, a role she assumed in May 2014, she pushed for the Walama List.

“It wasn’t easy but I think I’m very privileged to have been given these opportunities,” she said.

Damietta Governor Discusses Women Empowerment With Mayor of New York City

Dr. Manal Awad, Damietta Governor, discussed the issue of economically empowering African women during the meeting of e Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), and the Mayor of New York City, Hon. Eric Adams.  The meeting was held via the zoom app.

Manal referred to REFELA’s keenness to support this issue, highlighting the fundamental role of the African woman in boosting economic growth, and being a key agent in achieving development. She also highlighted the professionality of African women in handicrafts. Further, women’s participation in the labor market promotes economic indicators.  However, women are still facing various challenges related to the lack of financial and promotional potential.

On the other hand, Manal highlighted Egypt’s efforts to address these challenges, including the launch of the Ayadi Masr platform for promoting women’s handicrafts, which was hailed as a success and expanded across Africa under the name of “Ayadi Africa”. Manal stated that she was looking forward to launching cooperation with New York City, unleashing new opportunities for the African entrepreneurs, opening new markets for them in the U.S.A, and offering them technical training to overcome any challenges.


EBank To Fund Establishing 2 ICUs in Baheya Hospital

The Export Development Bank of Egypt (EBank) signed a cooperation protocol with Baheya Foundation, offering a donation to contribute to establishing 2 intensive care units (ICU) in Baheya Sheikh Zayed Hospital, aiming to accelerate the accomplishment of this project to offer a quality service for every Egyptian woman. The other tranche of the donation will be allocated to sponsor the treatment of cases in Baheya Haram Hospital.

For the 5th consecutive year, EBank has been offering its ongoing support for Baheya Foundation for the early detection and free treatment of breast cancer for women, acknowledging the instrumental role of the foundation in helping every Egyptian woman.

Deputy Chairman of EBE Bank, D. Ahmed Galal, affirmed the bank’s constant support for the foundation has been a step complementing the CSR journey that was started by the bank’s deceased Chairperson, Mervat Sultan.

Baheya Foundation Board member, Eng. Maged Hamdy, also praised the bank’s contribution to sponsor the treatment of female cancer patients.

On the other hand, Gilan Ahmed, Executive Director of Baheya Foundation, expressed her appreciation to the bank and its staff for its contributory role towards the foundation since its inception in 2015. She referred that the bank resumed offering in-kind and financial support to the new Baheya Sheikh Zayed Hospital project.

Beni Suef Governor Honors Seham Beshay After Her Retirement

Beni Suef Governor, Dr. Mohamad Hany Ghoneim, awarded Parliament member, Siham Beshay an honorary shield after her retirement from the governorate authority. This was in recognition of her efforts and dedication while holding an executive position in the administrative department, wishing her further success in her parliamentary career.

She obtained an extensive experience as a PR official at the local government unit in Nasser City.

The United Bank Launches 2nd workshop “Laky” Forum to Empower Women, Set the Fundamentals of New Republic

The United Bank “Laky” forum for women empowerment organized the second banking cultural workshop to empower women on social, economic, and banking levels. That’s to appreciate the Egyptian woman’s great role as a strong supporter to deepen the New State’s pillars.

The workshop included exploring the features of the “Laky” card, for women all over Egypt. The laky Forum provides women with the opportunity to enjoy a package of bank products, banking services, and digital banking services with high quality, that keeps pace with the latest international quality standards.

Laky offers a package of banking benefits for its members with opportunities for ongoing training programs for governance administration, and ideal methods to manage their financial and non-financial investments. The thing that reflects on raising technical efficiency and banking qualification. So, a Laky- member lady can manage her investments and money in the best way to get the highest revenue. As well as, qualifying the ladies to run their businesses under the umbrella of entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Women represent 48.5% of Egypt’s population as per the CAPMAS report in 2020. Women’s unemployment rate has reached 17.7%, which is a very low rate. Accordingly, the Egyptian society loses about 30% of its human power because of different obstacles.

Those obstacles which slow down Egyptian women’s employment process are due to culture and social heritage. Despite the huge efforts done by the state to economically empower women. The year 2018 was marked as the women’s year to support and qualify women. Besides, special advantages for women to finance SMEs. Accordingly, this mitigates the unemployment rate, boosts employability, and increases exports.  The bank offers facilitated finance services throughout 68 branches.

The United Bank also provides technical support programs to microfinance clients, through specialized training courses in business management. Besides, entrepreneurship qualification, and basics of best marketing practices.

As well as, a package of distinctive digital banking solutions, titled “Your Bank Online”, this service works 24/7, to provide customers with e-payment means: Mobile Banking, Internet Banking, UB Digital Wallet, and ATMs. In order to save time and effort. Besides, full safety in financial transactions.