NCW Alexandria Launches “Story Circles” to Empower Girls

by Asmaa Elwahy

NCW Alexandria Launches “Story Circles” to Empower Girls


The National Council for Women in Alexandria organized the activities of “Story Circles” to motivate girls to express their opinions, hopes, and fears and to share stories and experiences to empower girls within their communities.

Magda El-Shazly, rapporteur of the NCW Alexandria, indicated that the initiative comes within the framework of the council’s efforts within the national initiative, “Dawy”, and following the national project for developing the Egyptian family.

The initiative was inaugurated in Alexandria in cooperation with the Directorate of Education and the protection committees in the governorate. The activities of the training program, which targeted 20 women facilitators, were also implemented to participate, to understand girls’ needs and respect their rights in a safe society.

The Council confirmed that the program is targeting 10 schools, at the level of the educational departments of Al-Montazah, East, Central, West, and Al-Ajami, through “Story Circles” and the generational discussion aiming to open the door for dialogue between girls and their families on issues related to the initiative.

Additionally, the activities include a Watch Club featuring a short documentary, “The Beginning of the Thread”, which won the Best Short Documentary Award at the New York Film Awards, along with many other awards.

The movie documents the lives of three girls from Egypt, their journey to exercise their rights in various fields, and how the initiative affected each one differently.

It is noteworthy that the training program comes within the framework of the second phase of the national initiative, “Dawi” circles, launched by the Council in cooperation with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood and UNICEF, in the governorates (Cairo, Giza, Qalyubia, Alexandria, Damietta, and Sharqia), from February 22 to March 22.

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