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International Women's Day 2021

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. More

  • Malak Abdelshafi, Egyptian Champion in Paralympic Swimming, donning some of her medals. Photo: Courtesy of Malak Abdelshafi

    In the words of Malak Abdelshafi: “Nothing can stop us because we’re girls.”

    Malak Abdelshafi is a 17-year-old Egyptian Paralympic swimming champion who qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. In line with its efforts to support women in sports, UN Women recognizes Abdelshafi’s great achievements and sheds light on her journey. More

  • The Role of the Care Economy in Promoting Gender Equality

    The Role of the Care Economy in Promoting Gender Equality

    Building on unique analysis of the care economy in the Arab States, this report produces evidence–based policy recommendations for investing in the care economy in the region, and includes four country case studies from Egypt, Jordan, the State of Palestine and Tunisia. 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

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Awareness-raising video on providing safe workplaces for women

The National Council for Women in partnership with the Ministry of Manpower, the Federation of Egyptian Industries, UN Women Egypt, and the International Labour Organization, and in cooperation with United States Agency for International Development launched an awareness-raising video on the role of business owners and companies in providing safe workplaces for women which would result in an increase in women’s participation in the labour force.

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   Malak sewing an Amigurumi toy during her work at “Vandi”. Photo: UN Women/Mohamed AbdelHameed

Malak Adam* is a 36-year-old Sudanese woman who sought refuge in Cairo after experiencing maltreatment in her country of origin. Although Malak is a trained accountant, she had no option but to work informally in Cairo.Malak joined the Amigurumi training facilitated by Vandi, which is a social enterprise working in collaboration with UN Women Egypt on providing skills training and employment opportunities for refugee and Egyptian women. Read more ►

Saad (in purple) participates in a group activity as part of the training programme. Photo: Courtesy of Dawar for Arts and Development.

Fatma Saad is a 33-year-old project coordinator at the Al Shehab Foundation for Community Development in Cairo. She was one of 24 participants in a training programme in Applied Drama for Community Health and Empowerment. Saad shares her reflections on the training programme and the positive impact it has had on her personal and professional perspectives. 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.