National Council for Women promotes resources to report domestic violence during Eid holiday

Mohamed Soliman , Thursday 5 May 2022

Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) said it will receive over the Eid El-Fitr holiday complaints, inquiries, reports or distress messages from girls and women to solve any crisis related to domestic violence by communicating with the concerned authorities.

File Photo: Egyptian women queue at a polling station in the capital Cairo on Nov. 22, 2015, on the
File Photo: Egyptian women queue at a polling station in the capital Cairo on Nov. 22, 2015, on the first day of the second and final round of the country s parliamentary elections - AFP

 

Women and girls can reach the NCW through the hotline (15115) for the Women’s Complaints Office, which operates 24 hours a day all week, the NCW said.

Complaints and inquires can also be sent through the council's Facebook page or WhatsApp number 01007525600.

The council reiterated that it provides free legal and social advice for violence victims.

Egyptian law criminalises violence against women, including wives.

The country’s Penal Code 58/1937 imposes a penalty of one year in prison or a maximum fine of an EGP 200 for striking one’s wife, and a maximum of five years and an EGP 300 fine for those who injure or beat others in a manner that results in injuries or permanent disability.

Based on NCW statistics released in the past years, around eight million Egyptian women are at risk of domestic violence each year, and up to 86 percent of wives may face spousal abuse.

Four out of every five married men have psychologically abused their wives, statistics show.

Additionally, almost half of all young women have reported physical violence against them by either their brothers or fathers.

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