The National Council for Women has launched this year s 16-day campaign to combat violence against women
For the seventh year in a row the National Council for Women (NCW) launched its 16-day campaign to combat violence against women. The campaign, which started on 25 November and will last until 10 December, continues under last year’s slogan “Be the One” and coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Besides holding seminars on combating all forms of violence against women, ways of empowering women and keeping them safe at workplaces, a door-to-door “Protect Her from Circumcision” campaign will be launched in 10 governorates by the National Committee for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, co-chaired by the NCW and the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood (NCMC).
During the campaign, a workshop organised by the NCW in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund is training 65 males and females on combating and increasing people’s awareness about violent crimes against women and crimes related to personal status.
According to NCW President Maya Morsi the campaign comes within the council’s continuous efforts to combat all forms of violence against women across the country’s governorates by delivering awareness messages about the campaign’s aim. “Throughout the past eight years the government has been keen to exert much effort by issuing legislation, laws and decisions to protect women against all forms of violence,” Morsi said.
Among the government’s efforts to combat violence against women was including an article in the investment law which guarantees providing women with equal investment opportunities and criminalising a woman’s denial of her inheritance.
Moreover, the civil service law was amended to grant women a maternity leave of four months instead of three. A law was issued to penalise fathers who refuse to pay alimony for their children. In 2022, the cabinet approved a draft law to prevent forced marriages, early marriages and bargain marriages.
According to 2021 statistics issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), 31 per cent of married women past and present (aged between 15 and 49) have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence by their spouses; 61 per cent of women with disabilities and were married have experienced violence by their husbands throughout their marital life; and 48 per cent of females have experienced psychological, physical and sexual violence, or violence related to their disability, by family members or from the surrounding community since the age of 10.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 1 December, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.