Speakers at a seminar organized by the Egyptian National Council for Women (NCW) on Friday as part of the 16-day camping to raise awareness on violence against women (photo courtesy of the NCW)
The campaign, which runs till 10 December, aims to combat all forms of violence against women and create local momentum to find solutions to the problem.
In Egypt, the 16-day campaign spotlights the health and psychological risks caused by violence against women by coordinating activities with other national bodies, said Maya Morsy, the president of the council.
The activities includes opening two clinics for women at Azhar University and Suez Canal University, holding a sports day under the title “Yes Yoga Day” and organising seminars on violence against women, women’s empowerment and the safety of women in the workplace.
The campaign also includes symposiums on other issues such as cyber-blackmail against women as well as the relationship between overpopulation and violence against women, added Morsy.
In addition, the door-to-door “Protect Her from Circumcision” campaign is set to be launched by the Egyptian National Committee for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation in 10 governorates.
In 2021, 31 percent of currently and previously married Egyptian women (aged between 15 and 49) have experienced "physical, sexual or psychological violence" by their spouses, according to the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
Egypt has enacted several pieces of legislation over the past eight years to guarantee women's protection against all forms of violence, Morsy said, pointing to the inclusion of an article in the country's constitution to protect women against violence.
In recent years, Egypt has tightened punishments for violence against women, including female genital mutilation, imposing years-long prison terms on those involved.
The NCW has also established 26 units at the Egyptian universities nationwide to combat violence against women.
Globally, up to 736 million women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lives at the hands of their husbands or others, according the World Health Organisation (WHO).
In addition, one out of every four young women (between the ages of 15 and 24) have experienced violence, while 27 percent of married women (between the ages of 15 and 49) reported that they were subject to some form of violence by their husbands, according to WHO.