Believing in the vital role of women in society and their ability to succeed in high-ranking legislative as well as executive positions, the State pays significant attention to empowering them economically and socially and ensuring that they have a decent life, Manpower Minister Hassan Shehata said.

The minister made the remarks during a meeting with UN Women Egypt Country Representative Christine Arab and UN Women Egypt working team, to review aspects of cooperation on various issues of mutual interest.

Shehata said Egypt was the first in the world to launch a national women’s empowerment strategy for 2030, in line with the goals of sustainable development, which was approved by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as a road-map for the Egyptian government.

Moreover, in all its labor-related laws, the State is keen on empowering and protecting women, and offering them adequate training opportunities at fixed and mobile training centers available nationwide, the minister said.

In addition, a Gender Equality Unit has also been established at the Manpower Ministry’s headquarters, with as many as 27 affiliated sub-units in all governorates, Shehata said.

Meanwhile, Arab expressed pleasure at the fruitful cooperation between the ministry and the UN body, commending also the ministry’s role in sustaining women’s engagement in the labor market, while protecting their rights at work places.

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