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.

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.

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).

UN Women and ILO hold the 4th annual meeting of the regional Joint Strategic Coordination Committee for the Work for Women programme

Cairo – Within the framework of the Joint Programme[1] “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine” (Work4Women), generously funded by the Government of Sweden and the Swedish International Development Agency, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States and the ILO’s Regional Office for the Arab States jointly held the fourth Joint Programme Strategic Coordination Committee (JPSCC) on Wednesday, 23rd November 2022, in Cairo, Egypt.

Hosted by the National Council for Women and the Ministry of Manpower in Egypt, the meeting of the regional JPSCC was convened to share knowledge between governments, development partners, workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organizations and UN agencies in the three countries. The meeting provided a forum for updates and discussions on the programme’s progress and results achieved to date in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine, including a variety of research produced by the programme that can facilitate decision-makers’ development of effective policy solutions. The meeting highlighted the need for deeper engagement to understand and address women’s economic empowerment issues among all partners.

The JPSCC is considered as the highest body for strategic guidance and coordination within the JP. It is also regional in its remit, covering all three participating countries in the programme, and is responsible for ensuring that all of the JP’s objectives are met as defined in the programme’s documents, and that the programme ultimately meets the needs of all stakeholders.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Dr. Maya Morsy, President of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW); H.E. Håkan Emsgård, Ambassador of Sweden to Egypt; Ms. Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, Regional Director of UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States, and Mr. Eric Oechslin, Country Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Egypt and Eritrea, and the Decent Work Team for North Africa.

The Ministry of Manpower confirmed that by participating in the programme to “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine”, and by supporting the Gender Equality Unit, the Ministry’s plan was accordingly further expanded and amplified to cover directorates in the governorates of Egypt. The institutional capacities of the Unit’s personnel and branches, as well as labour inspectors, have been upgraded, and trainers have been prepared to cover the training needs of provincial directorates. Additionally, the Ministry is also supporting the issuance of the Gender Sensitivity Inspectors’ Manual, and is collaborating in the establishment of a website for the Equality Unit that should be launched soon.

Dr. Maya Morsy, said that “the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030, approved by H.E. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt in 2017, includes the pillar of women’s economic empowerment, aiming to develop their capacities to expand their employment options, achieve equal opportunities in the employment of women in all sectors and increase their participation. NCW has developed policies supporting the role of women in the labor market such as the “Closing Gender Gap Accelerator” in cooperation with the Ministry of International Cooperation, the first model of its kind for public-private cooperation in Africa and the Middle East region. Facilitating women’s active participation in the economic life is an urgent priority on the national agenda, which requires well-formulated legislation and policies, innovative solutions and sustainable partnerships, as well as a shift in the general culture of institutions and in the mentality of both men and women.”

Speaking on behalf of UN Women, Ms. Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen highlighted that “by adopting a holistic approach to the programme’s implementation, UN Women builds on its expertise and global leadership for gender equality, and particularly within the area of women’s economic empowerment in the Arab States. In 2022, women’s employment and income-generation opportunities continue to be negatively affected by the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19: women have borne 41% of job losses in the Arab world even though they constitute less than 20% of the workforce on average. Advancing women’s employment, inclusion and economic access is considered a necessity and a critical steppingstone towards the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Concurrently, Mr. Eric Oechslin said “I am very pleased with the Joint Programme’s results, which prove how joint coalitions between UN offices that are guided by the support of our national partners and tripartite constituents are essential to promoting social justice and gender mainstreaming in workplaces. This joint effort presents itself as an opportunity to benefit women and men equally, and therefore inequality is not perpetuated. Essentially, and in return, the programme’s agenda will ultimately contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitment of “leaving no one behind”, which is relevant to the Organization’s social justice mandate and standard-setting agenda.” In his word, Mr. Oechslin emphasized that through this successful partnership, the ILO aligns itself with the needs and demands of constituents, as reflected in the gender-transformative interventions that aim to deliver structural and institutional changes needed in the world of work.

H.E. Håkan Emsgård, underscored that “Women represent 40 percent of the global labour force. Holding back gender equality simply means holding back development and prosperity”.

The Work4Women programme aims to achieve three interlinked and mutually supportive pillars of results; which are gender responsive labour laws and related policies that are in place and effective; a supported gender responsive private sector that attracts, retains and promotes women; and challenging gender stereotypes about women and men’s responsibilities concerning unpaid care and household work.

[1] The UNW/ ILO Joint Programme advocates for gender responsive labour laws and policies, a gender responsive private sector and the elimination of stereotypes around unpaid care and household work.