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In the words of Samar Ali: “Every woman should have the chance to enhance her skills and capabilities.”

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Samar Ali is a 32-year-old entrepreneur in Ezbet El-Borg village in Damietta Governorate. Ali is one of 13 women beneficiaries who received the “Designing Marketing Plans” training workshop that was organized in Ras El-Bar city. The training was composed of a series of 7 workshops delivered between September 1st and September 24th, 2020.

Take Five: “I believe that all efforts aiming at enhancing women’s access to economic opportunities and all efforts aiming at ending violence against women should go hand in hand.”

Monday, July 26, 2021

Mona Ezzat is an experienced development practitioner, a researcher, and an expert in the field of women’s economic rights. Ezzat was the facilitator of the training programme entitled “Designing Marketing Plans” which was organized by UN Women Egypt within the framework of the Safe City and Safe Public Spaces programme in Damietta. The training programme “Designing Marketing Plans” was composed of a series of 7 workshops delivered between September 1 st to...

Press Release: UN Women Egypt commends the approval of the amendment to the Penal Code to impose harsher punishments for sexual harassment

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Press Release: UN Women Egypt commends the approval of the amendment to the Penal Code to impose harsher punishments for sexual harassment Cairo, 14 July 2021- UN Women Egypt commends the approval of the Egyptian parliament in advancing more legal rights for Egyptian women through the amendment to the Penal Code which make sexual harassment now a felony. The new amendment to the Penal Code increases the penalty for sexual harassment to a minimum of two years imprisonment instead of six months...

Joint Press Release: Under the Auspices of the Ministry of International Cooperation, UN Women and UNFPA sign agreements with KOICA to Enhance Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC) hosted today the signing ceremony of the Korea International Cooperation Agency’s (KOICA) 2021-2024 Multilateral Cooperation Program for Gender Equality in Egypt, to be implemented in collaboration with UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Council for Women.

The Opening of a Women-Friendly Space in Damietta to Empower Women and Girls

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Damietta, 13 June 2021 – A women-friendly space was opened yesterday in Ezbet El Borg city in Damietta with the aim of creating a decent space for women and girls in the community. The space was designed and developed using a participatory and gender-responsive approach to empower women and girls through providing opportunities for economic empowerment while encouraging women’s leadership and participation in public life.

From where I stand: “I have no regrets and I am very convinced with my career choice”

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Marwa Saber is a practical electricity teacher at Electro Misr Applied Technology School in Cairo, a wife, and a mother of two girls. Saber is one of the 40 staff who benefited from the Information Technology (IT) training that was delivered to the teachers and administrative staff of 3 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools in Cairo and Alexandria over the period from 30 August until 30 September 2020 through the “TVET for Girls initiative”. We spoke to Saber to learn about her reflections on her career and how the training contributed to enhancing her skills and her capacities.

In the words of Mariam Naoum: “Competition is hard and continuity is harder. Don’t give up quickly.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mariam Naoum, 43, is an award-winning scriptwriter and women’s rights advocate. Her work addresses socio-economic challenges the marginalised face, with a particular focus on women’s issues. Naoum’s (Sard Workshop) latest movie “Between Two Seas” is a joint collaboration between the National Council for Women in Egypt, UN Women, and was made possible through the generous support of the Government of Japan and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The film is directed by Anas Tolba and produced by Axeer.

The UN in Egypt supports all national efforts to end FGM in Egypt

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The United Nations in Egypt congratulates all women and girls, their families and communities on the Cabinet of Ministers’ unprecedented measures and endorsed by the Parliament of Egypt to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

“Between Two Seas” Film in Alexandria University

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Cairo, 25 March 2021- Within the framework of cooperation between the National Council for Women and UN Women, and with the participation of H.E. Ambassador Noke Masaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt, “Between Two Seas” film was screened at the Teaching Staff Club of Alexandria University under the auspices of Professor Abdel Aziz Qonsowa, the President of Alexandria University.

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Governor Manal Awad, working to create safer cities and public spaces for women and girls in Damietta

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In recent years, Egyptian women have held positions of leadership, but never more so than now. Currently, women make up 27% of the Parliament, 13% of the Senate and 25% of the Cabinet of Ministers. Dr. Manal Awad is one of those Egyptian women who are making their case in the leadership arena.

Women at the centre of COVID-19 response

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Globally, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has magnified existing and interconnected inequalities. And COVID-19 will continue to have far-reaching impact on the hard-won gender equality gains in all countries. No country has fully achieved gender equality, with all countries grappling with gaps in women’s equal participation in economic and public life. All countries are also struggling to address the “shadow” pandemic – violence against women. In...

On the Occasion of International Women's Day: The National Council for Women, the European Union, the United Kingdomof the Netherlands, and UN Women Celebrate the Launch of a Project to Eliminate Violence Aganist Women and to Advance Women's Financial Inclusion and Economic Empowerment in Rural Egypt

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

On 8 March 2021, the world celebrated International Women’s day highlighting the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. To mark this important day, the National Council for Women (NCW), the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), the European Union (EU), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UN Women in Egypt joined forces to celebrate the tremendous efforts of women and girls in shaping a more equal future and full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the framework of a longstanding partnership, the partners launched a new project entitled ‘Women’s Empowerment and Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt: COVID-19 Response’.

The National Council for Women, UN Women, and Flat6Labs Launch a Hackathon on “Fighting Violence against Women Using Technology”

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cairo, 24 February 2021 — Today marks the launch of “Fighting Violence Against Women Using Technology” Hackathon on social media platforms.  This hackathon is organized by StartEgypt powered by Flat6Labs in collaboration with the National Council for Women (NCW) and UN Women Egypt, recognising the significant role that entrepreneurship plays in providing innovative solutions to address societal issues. The hackathon challenge...

From where I stand: “I hope that no woman or girl will ever hesitate to learn a new skill because the experience could change their lives, the way it changed mine”

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mayada Mohamed ElShalaby, 36-year-old is a Syrian refugee living in Cairo with her family. Mayada is a former Amigurumi trainee and one of the current Amigurumi artists and trainers at “Vandi”, which is a social enterprise that UN Women Egypt collaborates with to provide skills training and employment opportunities for refugee and Egyptian women. ElShalaby talks to us about her professional journey and her personal ambitions. ElShalaby (in the middle) inside Vandi’s...

From where I stand: “We must overcome any fear and we must move forward.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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.

As more families report FGM incidents in Egypt, advocacy intensifies, and a new bill seeks to increase penalties

Saturday, February 6, 2021

A rise in the number of reported cases of FGM in Egypt is seen as a promising sign that the country’s efforts to raise awareness is starting to work.

In the words of Fatma Saad: “Never let a mental or physical scar stop you from healing and growing; your scars should be a reminder of your strength, not your trauma”

Monday, December 14, 2020

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, which falls under UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women programme and is generously supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Saad shares her reflections on the training programme and the positive impact it has had on her personal and professional perspectives.

The Launch of an Awareness-raising Video on the Role of Companies and Businessowners in providing Safe Workplaces for Women within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Cairo, 9 December 2020 - The National Council for Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Manpower, the Federation of Egyptian Industries, UN Women, and the International Labour Organization, and in cooperation with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will launch 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 labor force.

The National Council for Women and UN Women Egypt Launch a Series of Public Screenings for the Film “Between Two Seas” in several Governorates across Egypt

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Cairo, November 29, 2020 - Within the framework of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the National Council for Women (NCW), in partnership with UN Women Egypt, launch a series of public screenings for the film “Between Two Seas” in a number of governorates across Egypt, with the aim of raising the awareness of women and men about the various issues that the film tackles such as violence against women and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The National Council for Women and UN Women Egypt Light up the Great Pyramids of Giza in Orange to kick off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Cairo, 26 November 2020 - The National Council for Women (NCW), in partnership with UN Women Egypt Country Office, lit up in orange the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx on the 25th November, joining the global community in launching the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

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