UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Egypt

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Achievement Report 2017
The Year of Egyptian Women - Achievements Report 2017

The ‘Year of Egyptian Women’ has opened a historical window of opportunity for the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) in Egypt. The launch of the National Women’s Empowerment Strategy (2017-2030) has firmed the political commitment towards realizing women’s political, economic and social rights as granted by the Constitution. The ambitious goals and targets do not only place women’s empowerment as a prerequisite for achieving gender equality in Egypt, but are considered as the accelerators for achieving the 2030 National Agenda - Sustainable Development Strategy (2030). View / Download: UN Women Achievements Report 2017 More

  • Profile of rural women

    Profile of rural women

    Rural Egypt is home to 58% of the Egyptian population. Rural areas are characterised by stricter patriarchal familial and societal structures than urban areas. However, rural Upper Egypt (where 44% of Egypt’s rural population is located) and rural Lower Egypt (56% of the rural population) differ significantly in terms of their socio-cultural norms and the associated economic and political context. Disparities also exist with regards to the roles, responsibilities and social status of women, and their subsequent land ownership rates. Rural Upper Egypt shows higher gender gaps than rural Lower Egypt in significant areas such as health, literacy and poverty. More

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Grape Vine film from “Women’s Employment Promotion Programme”

The "Women’s Employment Promotion Programme” (WEPP) has supported around 225 Egyptian women to get jobs in the agricultural sector, including fixed-term contracts, monthly salary, bonuses, lunch allowances, child-care facilities, and safe transportation coupled with social protection and medical insurance. The WEPP achievements were highlighted at a conference held in Cairo this week. The programme is funded by USAID/Egypt and implemented by UN Women Egypt in partnership with CARE International in Egypt.

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Samar Hamdy sharing her story during a Conference on Women Employment Promotion Programme Achievements

Samar Hamdy, 25, is from Minya in Upper Egypt. She is one of many women living in rural areas and deprived from their right to get proper education. At the age of 15, Samar was forced to get married. Three years later, she became a mother of two and by the time she turned 21, she got divorced and was left to raise her girls on her own. More

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Success Stories from “Women's Leadership, Empowerment, Access, and protection project”

Rasha, Mervat and Lina are among the beneficiaries of the Women's Leadership, Empowerment, Access and protection project (LEAP). They enhanced their skills throughout the project and now they are capable of making their own products, and their dream is to expand in the market and reach both local and global markets. AlMashgel is a production center offering 600 women refugees and host communities the required training and resources needed to support them produce marketable brand. Al Mashgel was created under the Umbrella of The National Council for Women, and in cooperation with UNHCR Egypt and funded by the Government of Japan Embassy of Japan in Egypt and implemented in partnership with CARE International in Egypt.

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