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Rowaida Abdelghafar single mother of two children, and a small project owner is one of the 19 small project owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who attended the “Start Your Own Business” training. This training program was organized by the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD) between 29 October and 19 November 2020 as part of the IECD’s collaboration with UN Women Egypt. The program aimed at providing participants with the necessary skills for planning and implementing successful business projects such as developing business ideas, conducting feasibility studies, marketing, and budgeting skills, among others.
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Iman Gabr is a 29-year-old housewife and mother of two children from Alexandria Governorate. Iman participated in the pilot phase of the family camps on “Gender Transformative Parenting”, which was organized in partnership between the National Council for Women and UN Women Egypt, in cooperation with WellSpring Egypt, in Cairo, Minya, Damietta and Alexandria governorates, from October to December 2021, with the participation of around 120 Egyptian families.
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Today, the Financial Regulatory Authority Egypt (FRA) and UN Women Egypt signed a letter of agreement at the headquarters of the FRA to outline the terms of an extended partnership between the two parties to promote women’s empowerment, advance the new financing mechanisms related to social aspects, and encourage companies operating in non-banking financial activities to achieve gender equality and unleash the financing opportunities offered by sustainable financing tools within the national economy.
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For Immediate Release Cairo, 27 March 2022- The National Council for Women, UN Women Egypt, and the Embassy of Canada organized a field visit last week to Beheira and Alexandria to meet the beneficiaries of “Rabeha" Joint Programme. H.E. Ambassador Louis Dumas, the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt and Ms. Christine Arab, UN Women Country Representative, joined the visit in both governorates, in the presence of H.E. General Hisham Amna, Governor of Beheira, and H.E. General Mohamed Taher El Sherif, Governor of Alexandria and their teams. The visit was also attended by Dr. Zakia Rashad; representatives of the National Council for Women in Behaira.
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Gender inequality and the environmental crisis are the two greatest sustainable development challenges of our time. Climate change and COVID-19 have worsened existing inequalities world wide. Biodiversity loss, desertification, pollution, and extreme weather events decimate livelihoods and increase poverty and displacement. Globally, women and girls are disproportionately affected, as they depend more on – yet have less access to – services and resources. Despite this reality, women are increasingly the drivers of climate adaptation and sustainable responses at the community level.
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Amr Mosaad, a 42-year-old husband and father of two children: Yassin (11 years old) and Farah (6 years old) from Alexandria governorate. Mosaad participated in the pilot phase of the family camps on “Gender Transformative Parenting” organized in partnership by the National Council for Women and UN Women Egypt, in collaboration with WellSpring Egypt in Cairo, Minya, Damietta, Alexandria, from October to December 2021, with the participation of around 120 Egyptian families.
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The National Council for Women (NCW), in partnership with UN Women Egypt launched the ““Gender Transformative Parenting” manual, within the framework of "Men and Women for Gender Equality" programme implemented by the National Council for Women in partnership with UN Women Egypt, through the generous support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The event was attended by Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women; Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports; Mr. Jörgen Persson, Charge d’affaires of the Swedish Embassy in Cairo; and Ms. Christine Arab, UN Women Country Representative.
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The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2022 (IWD 2022) is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.
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The Civil Status Sector, in coordination with the National Council for Women, organized photo shoot missions to issue and renew ID cards for women beneficiaries in villages throughout the country in the latter part of 2021.This work is carried out under the framework of the national Women’s Citizenship initiative “Your ID, Your Rights”, which is implemented under the leadership of the National Council for Women and is in part supported by UN Women Egypt, through the generous support of the Government of the United Kingdom.
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UN Women and Procter & Gamble today mark the official launch of the 3rd edition of their joint programme “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” in Egypt. This programme is a result of a strong partnership that started in 2017 in support of women’s empowerment in Egypt and greater diversity and inclusion. Through this partnership, UN Women and Procter &Gamble aim to equip women entrepreneurs in rural and urban areas with the skills and support they need to access P&G’s opportunities as potential suppliers and distributors.
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Asmaa Emam, a 25-year-old divorced woman with two children, is one of the beneficiaries of the National Women’s Citizenship Initiative "Your ID, Your Rights”. Asmaa lives with her mother in the village of Qalamshah, Fayoum Governorate.
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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a human rights violation and constitutes a form of violence against women and girls that is still widespread in several countries. FGM is rooted in gender-based inequalities stemming from social norms which drive both expectations and – at times - behaviors. FGM contributes to perpetuating these same gender-based inequalities which are at its root, including by limiting women’s and girls’ ability to fully exercise their rights, such as their right to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health and their right to decide over their bodies.
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Located in a number of governorates across Egypt, the women's shelters have played an essential role in empowering women survivors of violence. As one of the services provided by the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS), the nine women’s shelters available, across Egypt, aim to provide a safe and secure accommodation for women survivors of violence and their dependents, in addition to ensuring that these women are given the support to cope with the trauma and move forward through an array of services ranging from psychosocial support and family counselling to medical, legal, and livelihood opportunities. Since 2015, more than 9,000 women and children have benefited from the services that these shelters provide.
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Cairo, 29 November 2021- Leaders and partners joined an event last evening organized by the National Council for Women in partnership with UN Women Egypt, the European Union Delegation to Egypt and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Egypt, to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the global theme “ Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”. The event took place with the backdrop of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization lit...
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Cairo, 25 November 2021- The National Council for Women (NCW), in partnership with UN Women Egypt, have launched a new phase of the “Because I am a Man” campaign on social media. The new phase of the campaign sheds light on the essential role men must play in supporting women in the private and public spheres. The campaign kicked off on Sunday, 21 November 2021, with interactive questions posted on social media platforms to initiate dialogue with the various online followers on...
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Amena El-Saie, 31, is the co-founder and CEO of “Helm”, which is a social enterprise that aims to act as a catalyst in ensuring effective and sustainable inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the workplace. Helm is one of the key partners of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) Executive Education Programme of the American University in Cairo (AUC), which is responsible for delivering employability skills and job placement services under the framework of the UN Women-UNIDO Joint Programme “Women’s Economic Empowerment for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Egypt” - "Rabeha” that is implemented in partnership with the National Council for Women (NCW) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA), with the generous support of Global Affairs, Canada (GAC).
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Ms. Sima Bahous, of Jordan, took the oath of office as the Executive Director of UN Women during a ceremony today in New York presided over by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. The appointment by the UN Secretary-General was announced on 13 September 2021, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
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Cairo, 3 October 2021 - The National Council for Women (NCW) and UN Women Egypt launched a new phase of family camps over the weekend in collaboration with WellSpring Egypt on “Gender Transformative Parenting”. The camps will take place in several governorates including Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta and Minya over the coming weeks under the framework of "Men and Women for Gender Equality" programme implemented through the generous support of the Swedish International Development...
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The Closing Conference of the “Safe Cities Free from Violence Against Women and Girls: Ending Violence Against Women Survivor-Centered Approach” Programme
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Howaida Abbas Ahmed, 41 years old from the city of Al-Bayadiyah in Luxor. Mrs. Abbas is married and has 4 children, a daughter and three boys. Her husband works in the tourism field in Hurghada. Abbas is one of the beneficiaries of the national Women’s Citizenship Initiative "Your ID, Your Rights". The National Women’s Citizenship Initiative "Your ID, You Rights" of the National Council for Women has been underway since 2011 and is in part supported by UN Women through the generous support of the Government of the United Kingdom. The Women’s Citizenship Initiative seeks to support women’s access to national ID cards and raise their awareness about the services available so that they can perform their social, economic, and political role in society.