Maya Morsi: Egypt is the first country to issue a rapid response policy towards the situation of women in the Corona pandemic

Maya Morsi: Egypt is the first country to issue a rapid response policy towards the situation of women in the Corona pandemic

Dr Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, participated in the meeting organized by the World Bank entitled “Policymakers Work with Communities to End Violence against Women – Panel Discussions with the Change Maker” via video conference technology, where Egypt presented its achievements in the file of protecting women from violence and policies laws and protection measures.

She referred to the National Strategy for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2015-2020, which was launched by the Council in coordination and cooperation with the various concerned state agencies as a basic mechanism that would contribute to the protection of women and girls from violent practices against them, in addition to the “National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030” launched by the Council within the framework of Sustainable development goals, in line with Egypt’s Vision 2030, and include four main axes: political empowerment and leadership, economic empowerment, social empowerment, and protection from all forms of violence.

The National Council for Women, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund and the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), conducted a study on the economic cost of violence against women, which estimated that 7.9 million Egyptian women suffered from all forms of violence at a cost of at least EGP 2.17 billion.  Egypt was the first country in the Arab world to conduct this survey.

Maya Morsi also explained that Egypt is the first country in the world to issue a rapid response policy towards the situation of women during the Corona pandemic, as it helped in developing the national response to the pandemic, which included the response to confronting violence against women associated with the outbreak of Corona, and the first country in the world to issue a mechanism To monitor the actions taken by the state in response to women’s needs.

Recommendations on the protection of women human rights defenders at risk in migration contexts

Recommendations on the protection of women human rights defenders at risk in migration contexts

These recommendations are the first of their kind and underline the critical role migrant women human rights defenders play in securing the rights of people on the move.

Migrant women human rights defenders include women, girls, and gender-diverse persons of all ages who promote and protect the human rights of people on the move, whether they are migrants themselves or not, regardless of their migration status, and irrespective of whether they self-identify as a woman human rights defender.

These recommendations are a call to action to all stakeholders to recognize and address the risks facing migrant women human rights defenders and put in place measures to promote and protect human rights unhindered so that migrants in all their diversity can live, work, and move safely and with dignity.