UN Women Praises the Decision of the Government of Egypt to Develop the Country’s First National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 on Women Peace and Security

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019

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Cairo, 26 May 2019- The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Egypt praises the decision and the strong initiative of the Government of Egypt to develop the country’s first National Action Plan (NAP) on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions.

“Engaging women at all levels of decision-making is the cornerstone based upon which Egypt’s Vision for the Empowerment of Women 2030 was founded. Egypt’s forthcoming National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 1325 will be developed on this premise; the participation of women in prevention and protection,” said Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women. The Government of Egypt’s initiative coincides with the lead up to the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, guided by a vision of inclusively developing a “high-impact NAP that drives coordinated and actionable policy change through the full and meaningful participation of women in peace and security,” as stated by the Cairo International Center for Conflict resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), which—for more than two decades—has been at the forefront of regional efforts in building national, Arab and African capacities to achieve global stability and prosperity.

The decision reaffirms the commitment of the Government of Egypt to implement the constitutional provisions that pertain to women’s leadership and decision-making, through the implementation of the first-ever National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030, endorsed by the President of Egypt. Among the main goals of the Strategy is to encourage all forms of women’s political participation and leadership, while capacitating them to succeed in their missions, through the engagement of all relevant actors, including the civil society.

UN Women very much welcomes the tripartite cooperation between the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the National Council for Women (NCW), the CCCPA, and is looking forward to extending its cooperation to make this initiative a success. This is not only important to advance women’s empowerment national agenda but a critical milestone in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on Gender Equality, as well as SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

UN Women in Egypt will continue to support the national efforts in carrying out its responsible role in advancing women’s rights and achieving sustainable development goals.

 

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