The National Council for Women: an unprecedented leap achieved by Egypt in the field of gender equality

Dr Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, confirmed that Egypt has made an unprecedented breakthrough in the field of women’s empowerment and gender equality locally and internationally in recent years.

This came during its participation in the twentieth meeting of the Executive Council of the Arab Women’s Organization; To discuss developments in the situation of women in Arab member States.

During the meeting, Maya Morsi reviewed Egypt’s efforts in the women’s empowerment file over the past period, explaining that Egypt has launched two major development programs in its history, “Decent Life- Haya Karima”, which is the largest development program in Egypt and the world, and places women and their needs at the core, targeting 58 million citizens, 50% of whom are women.

The second program was the National Project for the Development of the Egyptian Family, aimed at improving the demographic characteristics and quality of life of families in more than 20 governorates and thus more resilient communities at the local level in Egypt.

Maya Morsi also reviewed Egypt’s efforts to combat violence against women, which includes many efforts. Among them is the establishment of safe markets and cities for women, 27 digital offices within the family offices of the Public Prosecution Office, 29 units to combat violence and harassment within universities, and 8 medical response units within university hospitals, in addition to awareness campaigns on the social media platforms “Facebook and Instagram”.

Concerning the issue of climate change, she presented the international proposal of the Arab Republic of Egypt on women, the environment and climate change, praising the outcomes of the COP27 Climate Summit, which Egypt hosted from 6 to 18 November in Sharm El-Sheikh.

16-day campaign to combat violence against women: “Be the One”

The National Council for Women (NCW) has launched this year’s 16-day campaign to combat violence against women for the 7th year in a row, using last year’s slogan “Be the One”. Coincidentally, the campaign takes place at the same time the world celebrates the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, from November 25 to December 10.

The campaign will move forward with its regular seminars, discussing methods to achieve women’s empowerment and advocate against all types of gender-based violence.

However, this year will witness the launch of a parallel campaign in 10 Egyptian Governorates, entitled “Protect Her from Circumcision”, organized by the National Committee for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, and overseen by the NCW, in cooperation with the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood (NCMC). It involves spreading awareness of the harms of female genital mutilation.

President of the NCW, Dr. Maya Morsy highlighted the government’s effort throughout the past 8 years, underlining the laws and legislation enforced to combat all forms of violence against women, which includes an article in the investment law that guarantees to provide women with equal investment opportunities and criminalize the act of depriving women of their inheritance. On top of that, they implemented the civil service law to permit a four-month maternity leave rather than only three; in addition to issuing a penalizing law against fathers who refuse to financially support their children by paying alimony. Moreover, the cabinet approved a preliminary law against early, bargain, or forced marriages, as of 2022.

The NCW will collaborate with the United Nations Population Fund, during the campaign, and set up a workshop, through which 65 men and women will attend a course on how to battle brutal crimes against women, as well as crimes linked to personal status.

The President of the NCW participates in the “Egyptian Women Abroad Program”

Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, participated in the video conference meeting organized by the “National Training Academy” with the trainees of the first batch of the “Egyptian Women Abroad program”. The meeting discussed various women’s issues and answered questions about them, approaching the end of their training on empowering Egyptian women and their rights in the laws and the constitution, presented by a distinguished group of professors of the National Council for Women.

Dr. Maya Morsi began her speech by congratulating the graduates of this important program, and appreciating the efforts of the National Training Academy led by Ms. Rascha Ragheb, saying, “I am quite sure that female cadres in Egypt will be distinguished, thanks to these important training programmes,” emphasizing the importance of opening dialogue platforms, and wishing for more graduates from this program.

She also acknowledged the NCW’s national involvement in empowering Egyptian women and protecting them from all forms of violence directed against them.
Additionally, she praised the state’s efforts in empowering women in all fields, through two main programs, th “Decent Life” and the “National Program for the Development of the Egyptian Family”, where women and their needs are considered among their main pillars. 

She also referred to the president’s initiative to support the health of Egyptian women, and the national program “Noura”, which aims to empower girls, and invest in them as leaders of the future.

Moreover, Dr. Morsi referred to the national strategy to empower Egyptian Women 2030, which was prepared by the Council and approved by the President as the governmental working document for the coming years.

Note that, Egypt was the first country in the world to issue a policy paper on responding to the special needs of women and girls in light of the Corona virus pandemic, and launched a mechanism to monitor the implementation of those policies, which spotted over 165 suggestions to support Egyptian women from March 2020 to January 2021, in the fields of labor market, protection from violence against women, social protection, policies responsive to women’s needs, financial and economic policies, as well as being the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to launch a “gender gap bridging catalyst”, based on the model of the World Economic Forum, which focuses on the economic empowerment of women and the promotion of partnership between the public and private sectors. 

The President of the Council pointed out the launch of awareness programs for women on the importance of participating in elections, the right to vote, and training and guidance programs, as well as the issuance of national ID cards for women. Women’s constitutional rights have turned into laws, strategies, and executive programs, and a constitutional quota that guaranteed a 25% women representation in local councils, 10% in the Senate, and tangible presence in the boards of directors of financial companies, as well as the banking sector. Dr. Morsi also highlighted the importance of the political will in supporting women and the state’s various policies to support women’s participation in the labor market, and reviewed the laws and legislation issued by Egypt in regards to women’s economic empowerment.

Regarding the environmental aspect and the climate change crisis, in conjunction with Egypt’s hosting of the “COP 27” during the past few days, Dr. Morsi referred to features of the president’s initiative “African women climate adaptive priority” (AWCAP), which launched in cooperation with the main UN partner, the “United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women” UN-Women, stressing that it is a distinct initiative with a regional focus that gives Africa the opportunity to achieve the UN goals for climate change by empowering of women. 

The “Egyptian Women Abroad” program is considered to be the first funded scholarship offered by the “National Academy for Training” under the auspices of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and the participation of the Ministry of State for Immigration and Affairs of Egyptians Abroad, as part of the state’s strategy to enhance the capabilities, knowledge and skills of women that guarantee them a place in the labor market to secure their economic well-being, and allows them to be re-employed in constantly-changing job markets. This program is the beginning of a series of programmes, initiatives and grants that will be directed to women in various categories.

The “National Training Academy” is led by Mrs. Rascha Ragheb, and aims to achieve the requirements of human development for youth cadres in all sectors of the country and to improve their abilities and skills. The Academy has integrated the principles of equality and women’s empowerment in its curriculum that target state employees.


Egypt’s NCW launches 16-day campaign to combat violence against women

Egypt’s NCW launches 16-day campaign to combat violence against women

According to Ahram Online, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) launched a 16-day campaign to combat violence against women.

The National Council for Women (NCW) of Egypt began a 16-day campaign to end violence on Friday in honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In Egypt, the 16-day campaign spotlights the health and psychological risks caused by violence against women by coordinating activities with other national bodies, said Maya Morsy, the president of the council.

Among the events are the opening of two women’s clinics at Azhar University and Suez Canal University, a sports event called “Yes Yoga Day,” and seminars on violence against women, women’s empowerment, and workplace safety.

The campaign also includes symposiums on other issues such as cyber-blackmail against women as well as the relationship between overpopulation and violence against women, added Morsy.

Additionally, the Egyptian National Committee for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation will launch its door-to-door “Protect Her from Circumcision” campaign in ten governorates.

According to the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, 31 percent of Egyptian women who are or were previously married and are between the ages of 15 and 49 reported experiencing “physical, sexual, or psychological violence” at the hands of their spouses in 2021.

Egypt has enacted several pieces of legislation over the past eight years to guarantee women’s protection against all forms of violence, Morsy said, pointing to the inclusion of an article in the country’s constitution to protect women against violence.

The NCW has also established 26 units at Egyptian universities nationwide to combat violence against women.

According to the World Health Organization, up to 736 million women worldwide experience physical and/or sexual abuse at the hands of their husbands or other people.

Globally, up to 736 million women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lives at the hands of their husbands or others, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Dr. Maya Morsy Discusses Egypt’s Final Preparations To Host COP 27

Dr. Maya Morsy , NWC Chairperson,  met with  EBRD’s Director of Gender and Economic Inclusion, Barbara Rambousek, on the sidelines of the second edition of the Egypt — International Cooperation Forum 2022 that was held in Egypt.

The meeting addressed the future cooperation between the NWC and EBRD, conceding with the COP27 that Egypt will host in Sharm El Shiekh next November. She also referred to the Women’s Day that would be held as one of COP27’s proceedings. Maya stressed on the importance of raising awareness among generations about climate action.

On the other hand, Rambousek referred to EBRD’s coming climate action initiatives that would be launched on COP 27 Women’s Day.