Three Egyptian Architects Among Finalists for Tamayouz Award 2019

Out of the 40 submissions from 11 countries received this year, three Egyptian women have been named among the finalists for Tamayouz Excellence Award 2019.

Deena El-Mahdy, Omniya Abdel Barr and Shahira Fahmy, who work in the architecture and construction fields are shortlisted for the 2019 Tamayouz Excellence Award, which champions the best in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

Nominated among the finalists for the Mohamed Makiya Prize for Architecture 2019, Deena El-Mahdy launched initiative to create sustainable human settlements through environmentally responsible and low-cost architecture, serving as a catalyst for social development. In addition to designing and building projects following the principles and techniques of earth construction, Deena is a lecturer of Architectural Engineering Department at the BUE. In 2015, she co-launched Cairo Heritage School, to the narrow the gap between governmental bodies, professionals and community members. She was also awarded for innovating sustainable building materials and projects, such as a salt-block building material.

Omniya Abdel Barr, the Barakat Trust Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK, is selected among the rising star finalist for the Women in Architecture and Construction 2019 Award. . Her work focuses on Egypt’s cultural heritage with a sub-focus on historic Cairo. She holds a PhD on Mamluk architectural history from Provence University, Aix-Marseille (2015). Appointed as the project manager of ‘Rescuing the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo’, Omniya also has actively sought to protect Egyptian art pieces from international auction sales and looting.

Shortlisted as a “Woman of Outstanding Achievement”, Shahira Fahmy is competing in the Woman of Outstanding Achievement category. She is a two-time recipient of Harvard University’s post-doc fellowship for her prescient work exploring the relationship between urbanism, governance and cyberspace. In addition to being creative researcher, Shahira was once hailed by Phaidon as one of the “architects building the Arab future”. Her projects include the masterplan of Andermatt Swiss Alps’ Ski Resort, phase II and III; the architecture of the Allegria Resort, a housing and residential project in Cairo; and the restoration of an experimental arts hall in New York.

It is worth mentioning that Tamayouz International Award aims to recognize the excellence in architectural design and academic efforts worldwide.

Google invites Mashat to join leading women campaign in Arab region

Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for MENA at Google Selim Edde invited Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat to join Google’s leading women campaign in the Arab region to support working women.

The meeting between the two sides came after at the end of Mashat’s participation at the World Economic Forum for the Middle East and North Africa held from April 6-7 in Jordan.

Mashat also discussed with Edde ways of cooperation between the two sides. The minister said that the Ministry of Tourism is currently updating its promotion tools through social media platforms.

For his part, Edde suggested that the company would develop promotional contents for Egyptian tourist attractions especially the unfamiliar places, noting that these modern contents focus on sharing not only photos but also stories about destinations which attract tourists worldwide as mentioned in Egypt today.

The US-based firm submitted a suggestion to develop interactive apps about the Egyptian museums, expressing its readiness for offering training courses for the tourism sector’s staff in line with the ministry’s training plan.

Mashat cited holding the first national competition for start-ups to choose projects and apps from which the sector can benefit. She also reviewed the three axes of the ministry’s promotion campaign.

Shimaa Abu Zaid …The First Egyptian Nuclear Physics Ph.D. Graduate

Prof. Shimaa Abu Zaid becomes the first Egyptian woman to officially earn Doctor of Science in particle physics after receiving Double-Degree of Ph.D. in Science from Ain Shams University and Vriju Universteit in Brussels. The Ph.D thesis is entitled “Search for top Quark flavor changing  neutral coupling with the CMS experiment at the LHC”.

With Bachelor’s Degree in physics from Faculty of Women for Arts, Prof. Shimaa Abu Zaid was appointed as Assistant Professor. She is the first Egyptian woman to obtain Ph.D degree in particle physics from CERN , the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and became a member there.

Ain Shams University is proud that she is the first Egyptian female to join a team studying experimental particle physics at CMS experiment.

Sisi Bestows 1st Class Order Of Republic To Amany El Rafei

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi awarded Counselor Amany El-Rafei , Former Head of the Administrative Prosecution Authority (APA), the Order of the republic of the First Class in recognition of her efforts and on the occasion of the completion of its bid on June 30, 2019.

El Rafei is the fifth woman to head a judicial authority in Egypt.  She started her law career at the APA in 1975 as an administrative prosecution deputy at many sectors in her home-city of Alexandria, until she was promoted to work at the Technical Office of the APA Chairman in 1994.

She was then the Director of several administrative representations in Alexandria as of 2006, and in 2011 she took her post as an agent for the Alexandria technician’s office and then as an agent for the Alexandria disciplinary branch to be selected in March 2018 as an agent for the appeals chamber’s technical office.

Tanzanian PM calls on Egypt’s business community to invest in Tanzania

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called on the Egyptian business community to invest in Tanzania, saying they would benefit from the incentives the Tanzanian market offers relating to the tax umbrella, which has been improved to jump-start Tanzania’s economy and trade.

Majaliwa made the comments during the opening of the Egyptian-Tanzanian Business Forum on Tuesday, which was attended by Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr.

Majaliwa praised the recent visits to Tanzania by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, as well as visits by major investors from Egypt.

“Our policy now is to inform the Egyptian business community about the Tanzanian economy, which is projected to record a growth rate of 7.1 in 2019, and to call on Egyptian investors to invest in the agriculture sector due to [Tanzania’s] fertile farmland where tropical crops such as tea, sugarcane and coffee are cultivated,” he added.

During the forum, Investment Minister Nasr revealed that Egypt and Tanzania are both among the founders of the African Union (AU).

Nasr called on businesspersons from both sides to engage in more cooperation and deepen partnerships in ventures and development.

“Egypt has implemented significant reforms in its economy, encouraging all Egyptian businesspersons to inject more investments in the African continent in the fields of technology, the transfer of technical experience, employment and achieving water and food security for the continent’s citizens,” Nasr highlighted.

In the same vein, Tanzanian ambassador in Cairo Eissa Mansour said that the joint forum aims to boost investment opportunities between the two countries and discuss the avenues of collaboration.

He added that the Tanzanian PM’s visit to Cairo emphases the deep relations between the two countries.

Mansour said that 2018 witnessed a boost in relations following El-Sisi’s visit to Tanzania, which culminated in the establishment of the Stigler George Dam with a capacity of 250 megawatts, positively impacting the Tanzanian economy. The ambassador added that EgyptAir is supporting Tanzanian tourism with two flights a week to Tanzania.

Export Development Bank launches a campaign to encourage female exporters

The Export Development Bank (EBE) launches a campaign to encourage women exporters under the patronage of Mervat Sultan, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, in the frame of the bank’s non-financial services package within Expo Lady program.

The program began its first training sessions with “Trade Finance” session in order to introduce the methods, tools, export transactions, international markets, export and African opportunities in the light of its interest in increasing the volume of Egyptian exports by creating a new generation of  female exporters through  providing them with training sessions and workshops for two months.
The workshops include international trade tools and methods, international and African markets, export opportunities, e-services, cash management and small business development.

Egyptian woman honored by Queen Elizabeth II for charitable works

CAIRO – 2 June 2019: Immigration Ministry congratulated Egyptian young woman Inas Ibrahim Helal on being honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to the local community and doing a number of charitable works.

According to a statement issued by the ministry on Tuesday, Helal was honored at the famous Royal Buckingham Palace

Hilal expressed her pleasure to be congratulated by Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram, stressing that she follows-up all the events and development efforts taking place in the country in the field of women’s rights.

According to Egypt Today,  in celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday in 2015, Queen Elizabeth II also honored two Egyptians in the UK, Dr. Nemat Talaat Shafik, deputy governor of the Bank of England, and His Grace Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church, for their outstanding contributions in their fields.

In 2014, Egyptian-British surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub was awarded the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year Honours.

The Birthday Honors have been awarded since at least 1891. They are bestowed by the monarchs of the Commonwealth realms on their official birthdays, and published in the official newspapers.


Egypt’s efforts to empower women praised at G20 summit: Spokesman

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi participated on Saturday in a session held on the empowerment of women and another on inequality as part of the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka.

Delivering a speech at the session on inequality, President El-Sisi highlighted the major axes through which Egypt is working to address the issues of inequality and the empowerment of women, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.

Many international parties participating in the summit have praised the great progress Egypt has made in the area of women’s empowerment, citing the recent constitutional amendments increasing the representation of women in the parliament to 25 percent, the spokesman added.

Addressing the session, the president shed light on the role of Egyptian women in the development of society, noting that the state has launched several programmes to empower women in recognition of their role, Rady noted.

Meanwhile, the successful Egyptian experience was hailed during various meetings that President El-Sisi held with several leaders participating in the G20 summit, including the Japanese and Italian prime ministers as well as the German chancellor, Rady said.

The spokesman added that Egypt has transitioned from a severely disrupted country in 2011 to one enjoying high economic performance and development rates exceeding 6 percent in addition to increasing foreign currency reserves, a fact that was underlined during the president’s meetings.

Heba Hagras: Egypt has an effective participation in G20 women’s empowerment event

National Council for Women member MP Heba Hagras stated that the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi participated in a session held on the empowerment of women, as part of the G20 summit in Japan. He highlighted the achievements in this sector since the start of his first presidential term.

During her phone-in at Sada Al Balad’s TV Show” Sit El Setat”, she referred to Egypt’s faced-paced progress at Women’s empowerment, as women’s status in Egypt gradually improves. This is in addition to ensuring the rights of women and persons with disabilities.

National Council for Women called the State Council to ensure equality of opportunity for women, says Heba Hagras. However, she considers the State’s Council’s rejection of this inquiry as inconvenient, hoping that this inquiry should be reconsidered in the light of women’s important role at the governmental entities worldwide.

“National council for Women”: Preparation of the first national plan to promote the role of women in peacemaking

The National Council for Women (NCW) announced on Tuesday the formation of a working group involving the Cairo International Center for Settlement of Disputes, Peacekeeping and Peace-building under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Women and concerned authorities in the country to prepare the first Egyptian national plan on promoting the role of women in peacekeeping and peace-building.

The Council mentioned in a statement that this is in accordance with Security Council resolution 1325 of 2000, which states the importance of further measures to activate women’s role at all levels of decision-making, conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peace-building. This is in line with the constitutional amendment on the allocation of 25% of the parliamentary seats for women, corresponding to Egypt’s presidency of the African Union and with the approaching twentieth anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325.

The council also pointed out that cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Council is a development of Egyptian women’s efforts  in the fields of making, preserving and building peace between Arabs and Africans whether through participation in UN peacekeeping operations or through the role of the Cairo Center in building Arab and African capacities in implementing the agenda of women and security, Including the capacity building of the AU Commission and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States.

The National Council for Women noted that Egypt is one of the most important contributing countries with military and police forces in UN peacekeeping operations. It also plays a vital role in efforts to resolve the African and Arab conflicts. The Cairo Center is one of the centers of excellence in training certified by the AU as well as in the implementation of the agenda of women, peace and security.