Mervat Tallawy: Challenging those who cite "culture" to oppress
Egyptian diplomat and politician Mervat Tallawy is the former Minister for Insurance and Social Affairs of Egypt and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). She spent six years involved in the drafting of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and was one of the 23 experts who monitored its implementation. Today she is President of the National Council for Women - Egypt. She challenges States and participants who cite 'culture' as the basis to oppress and discriminate against women and believes "women need international solidarity to put an end to violations of their rights."