31% of Egyptian wives experienced domestic abuse in 2021: CAPMAS

31% of Egyptian wives experienced domestic abuse in 2021: CAPMAS

According to ahram online, thirty-one per cent of currently or previously married Egyptian women aged between 15 and 49 were subjected to some form of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse by their spouses in 2021, by the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

According to the most recent Egyptian Family Survey results, 22.2 per cent of married women have experienced psychological abuse at the hands of their husbands, while 25.5 per cent have experienced physical abuse.

Furthermore, 26.1 per cent of the women in the same category experienced both physical and psychological abuse, according to CAPMAS in a statement commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is observed annually on 25 November.

Egypt recently established 26 anti-domestic-violence units at university hospitals to assist women across the country, as well as eight equipped medical response units at public and private university hospitals for violence survivors. Egypt has also raised penalties for violence against women – including female genital mutilation – to serious prison terms.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity and the National Council for Women (NCW) launched 16-day campaigns to combat violence against women. The campaigns, which run till 10 December, aim to combat all forms of violence against women and create local momentum to find solutions to the problem.

One out of every four young women (aged 15 to 24) has experienced violence, while 27 per cent of married women (aged 15 to 49) have reported being subjected to some form of violence by their husbands, CAPMAS added in its statement, citing statistics by the World Health Organization.