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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.

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...

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.

UN Women announces new cohort of youth advocates

Monday, December 21, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) announced the second cohort of Gender Innovation Agora (GIA) a consultative forum and platform for regular dialogue and advocacy around gender with youth in the Arab States.

Press release: The Regional Health Alliance: A partnership towards achieving Health For All By All

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Despite remarkable gains in health over the past few decades, the world is not on track to achieve the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and people, especially the most marginalized, are being left behind. The COVID-19 pandemic is setting progress back even further.

Hand over the mic to: Aida Nour ElDin, Egypt

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Aida Nour ElDin is the Chairperson of the Women and Development Association (WDA), a grassroots civil society organization that specializes in providing various services to survivors of violence and raising community awareness in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt.

From where I stand: “I’ll never let my girl undergo FGM… I do not want her to witness the torture that I went through”

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Amal Ahmed* – a wife and mother of an 11-year-old girl and three boys aged 15, 18 and 19 – lives in Dar El-Salam in Cairo governorate. When she herself was 10 years old, Ahmed’s life was turned upside down, after she and her sister were tricked by their family into undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) at the hands of a doctor at home.

In the words of Malak Abdelshafi: “Nothing can stop us because we’re girls.”

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Malak Abdelshafi is a 17-year-old Egyptian Paralympic swimming champion who qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. When she was 10 months old, she suffered severe spinal cord injuries from an accident that left her partially paralysed. After the accident, part of her treatment was hydrotherapy, because of which she came to love swimming. In 2014, Abdelshafi joined Egypt’s national team. Abdelshafi has since won 39 national and 6 international medals. In line with its efforts to support...

From where I stand: “I will prove to everyone and to myself that I will not just handle the job; I will excel”

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Menna Ramadan, 18, is a third-year student at El-Wardian Industrial School for Girls in Alexandria and one of the 150 future electricians and 40 teachers who are benefiting from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Girls Initiative being implemented by the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD). UN Women supports the initiative under its joint programme with the International Labour Organization (ILO), entitled “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine” that is generously funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

From where I stand: “It is a great feeling when you know that you can change your situation to the better and help your loved ones”

Monday, July 27, 2020

Hayah Mohamed is a 38-year-old Yemeni woman living in Cairo with her husband, their daughter and three sons. She had to stay in Cairo longer than expected and faced economic challenges after she stopped receiving remittances from Yemen due to the ongoing conflict. To support her family, Mohamed joined a sewing course at AlMashgel, a production unit supported by UN Women Egypt...

In the words of Ahmed El Sheikh: “Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, I was able to see a beautiful side of my life.”

Monday, July 27, 2020

Ahmed Mamdouh El Sheikh, a 38-year-old banker, is a father and husband who realized the impact of sharing household responsibilities with his wife during the coronavirus crisis. El Sheikh talked to UN Women about the positive impact of the crisis on his relationship with his family. UN Women Egypt works in partnership with the National Council for Women, civil society organizations, and the private sector to promote men’s engagement in the public and private spheres through its “Men and Women for Gender Equality” programme, which is funded by the Swedish Agency for International Development.

From where I stand: “The most important skill to learn is how to be at peace with yourself.”

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Etemad Al Sururi is a Yemeni refugee who came to Egypt a year ago after witnessing the horrors of the war in her home country. After settling down in Egypt with her sister-in law, Etemad and her husband struggled to find jobs, despite their studies and work experience. Therefore, she decided to take a different road and learn new skills. She enrolled in UN Women’s vocational training course in October 2019, where she learned bakery and cake decorating – a first step to her new life....

Restoring the role of fathers within the family

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Traditional gender roles have for a long time segregated the roles of parents at home – with mothers usually fully responsible for raising children while fathers act mainly as providers, with little involvement in child-raising. With an aim to promote more active roles for fathers within their families – including their fundamental influence on children – UN Women Egypt in partnership with the National Council for Women organized a “Father and Child” camp to raise awareness of fathers on their essential role and strengthen their bond with their children.

Statement: UN Women in Egypt congratulates the National Council for Women on the approval of the new law regulating the council

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In line with the national efforts to advance the status of Egyptian women, UN Women in Egypt congratulated the President of the National Council for Women on the approval of the law passed by the Egyptian Parliament on 15 April concerning regulating the work of the council.

UN Women response to naming of a community centre in Burqa village in the occupied West Bank

Friday, May 26, 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the Centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same.

Arab men figures join #HeForShe campaign to advocate for gender equality

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Men figures from all over the Arab world, as partners in journey, responsibility, and life are gathered in a video campaign by UN Women, Regional Office for Arab States, in partnership with HeForShe to engage men as agents of change to achieve women empowerment and gender equality.

The UN system in the Arab/MENA Region kicks off International Women’s Day with an eye on Planet 50-50 by 2030

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cairo, 07 March 2017- Despite progress in advancing gender equality globally, women in the Arab region remain underrepresented across all spheres of life, including in the workforce.

Cairo – Finding Women at Work Should Not be this Hard

Thursday, February 23, 2017

In  preparation  for  International  Women’s  Day,  UN  Women  Egypt  launches  new  print campaign titled “Finding Her” under the umbrella of UN Women’s global campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030-Step it Up for Gender Equality” which calls upon governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. Highlighting women’s...

Egypt and France sign an agreement to empower women with the support the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On the sidelines of French President François Holland's visit to Egypt, an agreement of collaboration was signed yesterday evening between Egypt and France with the support of UN Women and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development to launch the program "The Egyptian Woman

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