Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his wife Entissar Mohamed Amer El-Sisi both paid tribute to the struggles and achievements of Egyptian women on social media on Friday, to mark International Women's Day.
The president tweeted, "Greetings, appreciation, and respect for every lady who has struggled and recognized achievements in all fields, and defended the meaning of freedom, humanity, and life throughout the ages."
He further hailed women as "a symbol of strength, compassion, nobility, courage, and all the elements of life, love, and beauty."
El-Sisi’s wife posted a statement on her official Facebook page, hailing women and their vital role in the Egyptian community.
"Greetings, appreciation and respect for every woman who has struggled and recognized achievements," the statement read.
She cited the importance of equality and women empowerment, saying, "I take the opportunity to affirm her [woman's] right to equality, empowerment and leadership. I believe in her being a key, and an equal partner for men."
“She is ambitious, courageous, intelligent, creative and pioneering in all fields. She is the mother, the sister, the working woman, and the distinguished fighting girl in all fields. She is also the heart and the centre of humanity, and all the world."
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March.