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


Part of the photo exhibit entitled "Because I am a Father: Egyptian and Swedish Dads" featuring photos from Egypt and Sweden, portraying the universal role of fathers. Photo: Courtesy of The National Council for Women.
Dads in quarantine: An opportunity for change

Unable to leave home during the COVID-19 lockdown, Egyptian families have been spending more time than ever inside, and together. Despite the many challenges of enforced isolation, this has in many cases deepened bonds and led to a reflection on the existing burden of unpaid domestic work that women perform – and at least some tentative redistributions. More

  •  Amal Ahmed* with her 11-year old daughter. Photo: Courtesy of Amal Ahmed*

    From where I stand: “I’ll never let my girl undergo FGM… I do not want her to witness the torture that I went through”

    Amal Ahmed* – a wife and mother of an 11-year-old girl and three boys aged 15, 18 and 19 – lives in Dar El-Salam in Cairo governorate. When she herself was 10 years old, Ahmed’s life was turned upside down, after she and her sister were tricked by their family into undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) at the hands of a doctor at home. Since that traumatizing experience, their lives have never been the same, and they feel they cannot lead a normal life anymore. More

  • Women on board

    Egypt Women on Boards Observatory: 2019 Annual Monitoring Report

    UN Women collaborated with the School of Business of the American University in Cairo and all the members of the Observatory in the production of the 2019 “Women on Boards Monitoring Report”. The report serves as a monitoring and tracking tool, measuring the representation of women on the boards of companies and banks in Egypt. More

  • Women and COVID-19 Pandemic

    Women and COVID-19 Pandemic

    In partnership with the National Council for Women and UN Women, The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research - Baseera, issued an infograph for a survey on Women and COVID-19 Pandemic in Egypt. The poll was conducted on a national representative sample of 1518 females in the age group 18+ during the period from April 4th to April 14th, 2020, with the aim of measuring the effect of COVID-19 on women's lives. More

Featured story

Ramadan posing for a photo inside the workshop of El-Wardian school for girls. Photo: Courtesy of IECD

Menna Ramadan is a student at El-Wardian Industrial School for Girls in Alexandria and one of the future electricians who benefited from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for girls initiative that is implemented by the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD). UN Women spoke to Ramadan to learn about the challenges that she is facing as an aspiring electrician and how the programme supported her in overcoming those challenges and in enhancing her skills. Read more ►

   Ahmed El Sheikh and his daughter Leila enjoy their time together at home. Photo: Courtesy of Ahmed El Sheikh

Ahmed Mamdouh El Sheikh, a 38-year-old banker, is a father and husband who realized the impact of sharing household responsibilities with his wife during the coronavirus crisis. El Sheikh talked to UN Women about the positive impact of the crisis on his relationship with his family. Read more ►

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Between Two Seas Official Trailer

UN Women, in collaboration with the National Council for Women, has produced a film highlighting violence against women in its different forms.