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The National Council for Women in partnership with UN Women Egypt will launch a new social media campaign this November entitled “It’s simple, but it will make a difference” on environmental sustainability and climate change, in line with Egypt’s hosting of the COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh from 6 to 18 November 2022.
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The National Council for Women, in collaboration with the Central Bank, UN Women, the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Agricultural Bank, and eFinance Investment Group, marked the end of a wandering journey with a rowing challenge in the Nile River at The Walk of Egypt's People.
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The National Council for Women organized the second edition of “Rowing the Nile Challenge” which has started from Aswan and will continue till Ras El-bar, within the framework of “Ta7wisha” programme, in line with the “National Family Development” project, and in partnership with the Central Bank of Egypt, UN Women Egypt, the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Agricultural Bank of Egypt and e-finance.
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During his first visit to Egypt, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development of Canada met with women entrepreneurs and job seekers in Beheira governorate on Saturday, 13 August 2022, within the framework of the UN Joint Programme on “Women’s Economic Empowerment for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Egypt” (also known as Rabeha). Under the auspices and attendance of H.E. General Hisham Amna, Governor of Beheira, the visit was also attended by Mr. Christopher MacLennan, Deputy Minister of International Development; H.E. Ambassador Louis Dumas, the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt; H.E. Gamal Nour Eldin, Governor of Kafr ElSheikh; Dr. Nehal Balbaa, the Deputy Governor of Beheira; Dr. Zakia Rashad, Head of the National Council for Women Beheira Branch and Ms. Gielan El Messiri; Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Egypt.
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Ms. Rania Fathy, Environmental and Sustainable Development Consultant and Founder of Dr. Earth, holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences and currently works in the field of environmental, sustainable development. Rania discovered her passion in this field when she was in high school as when participating in conducting research with the Academy of Scientific Research, often focusing on desertification and environmental pollution.
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Caring about the environment encouraged two Egyptian women, who were very much into fashion, to take action and transform piles of waste into fashionable products through creating their own brand “Up-fuse”. Yara Yassin and Lama El-Khawanky founded Up-fuse in 2013 with a vision that focuses on making a difference in the community through recycling, revolutionizing handicrafts and bringing the community together around one goal that would contribute to having a sustainable planet.
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The Financial Regulatory Authority and UN Women Egypt organized two seminars on “Gender Equality and Enhancing the Work Environment” on the 22nd and 26th of June 2022 in the presence of Mr. Hisham Ramadan, Assistant Chairman of the Financial Regulatory Authority and Ms. Gielan ElMessiri; Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Egypt.
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The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, the National Council for Women, UN Women Egypt and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Middle East and North Africa (J-PAL MENA) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) organized a seminar last Thursday with the participation of the European Union Delegation to Egypt and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on “Global Evidence on Digital Financial Services and Savings Groups and its Impact on Women’ Empowerment”.
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The National Council for Women, in partnership with the UN Women Egypt, and in collaboration with Safe Egypt Foundation, will release this June a series of awareness-raising videos on social media focusing on ending violence against women and girls.
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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.