Egypt reviews efforts to empower women at UNHCR session

Ahram Online , MENA , Tuesday 26 Oct 2021

Egypt has recently adopted a series of procedures and policies to protect women against violence and allow them to take over top posts, the country's chairwoman for the National Council for Women (NCW) said on Tuesday.

Chairwoman of NCW Maya Morsy in Geneva during her speech speech in front of the (UNCHR) in Geneva a to report on the progress Egypt made to implement articles of the (CEDAW) (Photo : NCW)

In a speech before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) in Geneva, Maya Morsy reviewed the progress Egypt made to implement the articles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in the past 10 years.

The NCW chief pointed to the prime minister's decision to establish the first unit to combat violence against women nationwide.

Egypt was the first Arab country to conduct the Economic Cost of Gender-based Violence Survey, which showed an increase in the rates of domestic violence by 19% and an increase in the rate of wives being subject to violence from their husbands by 7%, Morsy said.

She added that the 2014 constitution included more than 20 articles regulating the issues of citizenship, equality and criminalising violence and non-discrimination.

Since 2014, the representation of women in parliament has increased to 28%, in the Senate to 14%, in ministerial posts to 25%, and in the diplomatic posts to 56%, she said.

A woman, Faiza Abu El-Naga, was appointed as a presidential adviser for national security in 2014 for the first time in Egypt, Morsy said. Two women have been appointed as governors, a female has been named president of an economic court, and a woman was appointed as first deputy governor of the Central Bank.

She added that, for the first time, 109 female judges and prosecutors have been appointed in the State Council and the Public Prosecution last week.

The unemployment rate among women decreased from to 17.7% from 24% in 2020.

On women health, the chairman of the NCW said presidential health initiatives were launched for women, including one for the early detection of breast cancer and other diseases which reached 19 million women, leading to a decrease in the percentage of women suffering from the disease.

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