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Sima Bahous of Jordan sworn in as Executive Director of UN Women

Monday, October 11, 2021

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).

Joint Press Release: The National Council for Women and UN Women Egypt launch a new phase of Family Camps on Gender-Transformative Parenting

Sunday, October 3, 2021

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...

Press Release: The Closing Conference of the “Safe Cities Free from Violence Against Women and Girls: Ending Violence Against Women Survivor-Centered Approach” Programme

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Closing Conference of the “Safe Cities Free from Violence Against Women and Girls: Ending Violence Against Women Survivor-Centered Approach” Programme

In the words of Howaida Ahmed: "I was confident that I would achieve my dream one day, and today I am proud of my ability to support my family with the household expenses."

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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.

In the words of Souad Magdy*: "I was able to fulfill my dream of opening a hair salon, thanks to my national ID card”

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Souad Magdy, is a 23-year-old beneficiary of the national Women’s Citizenship Initiative "Your ID, You Rights" from Mansoura, Dakahlia Governorate. With a diploma in home trade, and with the passing of her father, Souad is proud of her roll in the family as one of the main breadwinners, with her husband, mother, brother, and sisters. 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.

Press Release: UN Women Deputy Executive Director calls for increased financing for gender equality at Egypt’s global International Cooperation Forum

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia highlighted the important role innovative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda at Egypt’s global International Cooperation Forum. The event held 8th-9th September in Cairo brings together a mix of national and international high-level policymakers, multilateral and bilateral development partners, private sector, and think tanks.

Joint Press Release: The National Council for Women and UN Women Egypt launch a training program on Gender-Transformative Parenting

Monday, August 23, 2021

The National Council for Women (NCW) and UN Women Egypt organized a training of trainers (TOT) workshop on the topic of “Gender Transformative Parenting” in cooperation and WellSpring Egypt Foundation during the period from 23-27 August, within the framework of the programme on "Men and Women for Gender Equality" implemented by NCW and UN Women Egypt with the generous support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

In the words of Heba Elrify: “Nothing should stop you from aspiring and achieving your goals.”

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Heba Elrify is the Corporate Credit Director in Sarwa Capital Investments Holding and one of the 55 women executives who graduated from the Corporate Directors Certification Program (CDCP) that was delivered by the School of Business of the American University in Cairo (AUC) within the framework of the joint UN Women- ILO regional programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine”, which is implemented in partnership with the National Council for Women (NCW) and the Ministry of Manpower and is generously supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

In the words of Mona Abdallah: “I consider working in community service as a blessing.”

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Mona Abdallah is a 35-year-old community leader who works in the media field and is passionate about serving her community in Ezbet El-Borg village in Damietta Governorate. Abdallah is one of 13 female participants who attended the “Designing Marketing Plans" training workshop that took place in Ras El-Bar city in September 2020. The workshop, organized under UN Women’s Safe City and Safe Public Spaces programme in Damietta, focused on equipping the participating women with the required knowledge to set marketing plans for various products they develop such as confectionery, crochet, food products and wooden decorations. The programme is implemented in partnership with the National Council for Women and in collaboration with local civil society organizations, with the generous support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

From where I stand: “We never give up; we adapt and respond to any situation to follow our dream.”

Monday, August 2, 2021

Walaa Selim and her business partner Randa El-Fiki are two entrepreneurs in their early forties, from Ezbet ElBorg City in Damietta Governorate. They were among the 13 participants of the training programme entitled “Designing Marketing Plans” which was organized by UN Women Egypt in Ras Elbur City, Damietta Governorate. The training was composed of a series of workshops delivered over the period from September 1st until September 24th, 2020. The training targeted small-scale entrepreneurs from Ezbet ElBorg City and aimed at equipping them with the required knowledge to set marketing and business plans for their various products.

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.

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