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Friday, June 07, 2019
UN organization lauds Egypt's plan of action on women
The UN Women Organization lauded the strong initiative adopted by Egypt and its decision to work out the first national plan of action to put into effect UN resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.  The resolution reaffirms the important role...
Friday, March 15, 2019
Egypt: Position paper by Nazra on the constitutional amendments and women in politics
The government's disposition toward citizens' rights and freedoms is a measure of its openness and an indicator of the type of relationship it holds with them. The constitution stands as the most powerful reflection of that relationship. Egypt...
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Proposed bill sets highest quota for women in Egypt's Parliament's history
The proposed amendments to the constitution have granted women a fixed quota. If the amendments are approved, women will hold 25 percent of the total parliamentary seats by the power of law.  The proposed bill stipulates that the number of total...
Monday, June 04, 2018
Women ready to run for office in Egypt
CAIRO — Egypt has yet to pass a law needed to hold local elections, but hundreds of women will not be wallflowers waiting for an invitation to run for office. Thanks to an initiative dubbed “The Councils Are Ours,” potential candidates will be...
Friday, February 23, 2018
Documentary film about the Women’s Voices Project in Egypt
Watch this documentary film about the Women’s Voices Project which is implemented by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights with the support of the Fund for Gender Equality of UN Women.
Monday, January 29, 2018
New cabinet has 6 female ministers for the first time in Egypt’s history
“The merciful heart of the revolution,” a title given by late President Gamal Abdel Nasser to Hikmat Abu Zaid, the first Egyptian woman to be named a minister when she was appointed as the Minister of Social Affairs in 1962. Fifty-six years later,...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Egypt appoints first-ever female governor
Nadia Ahmed Abdou is the first female to be appointed governor in Egypt after she was sworn into office on Thursday as the head of the Nile Delta Governorate of Beheira. Abdou’s appointment is part of a limited cabinet reshuffle of nine ministers...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Civic Rights Organizations in Egypt Propose Amendments to FGM Provision
Local rights groups criticized on Tuesday the legal provision on female genital mutilation (FGM) in its current format, proposing several amendments besides those put forth by the health ministry. Since its issuance in 2008, the legal provision...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Gender Justice Struggle in Egypt
When the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Regional Coalition for Middle East and North Africa met last month in Beirut, one seat was noticeably empty. While completing departure procedures at Cairo International Airport, authorities informed Mozn...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA) Criticizes Egyptian MP for his Remarks on FGM
The Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA) has slammed MP Ahmed al-Tahawy, member of the parliamentary health committee, for saying that it is not appropriate to halt the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), which he describes...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Letter to Egyptian President: Demanding the Closure of the Case No.173 and Revoking Travel
Dear Mr. President, We as women human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa, civil society organizations, NGOs, and INGOs are deeply concerned with the deteriorating situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt. We request that...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Egypt nominates Moushira Khattab for next UNESCO Director-General
A few months prior the UNESCO elections for the post of Director-General, Egypt decided to nominate the Egyptian ambassador and diplomat, Moushira Khattab to the post. The elections for a leader to fill the shoes of Irina Bokova (who has set her...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Director of leading feminist organization Nazra banned from travel
The Executive Director of Nazra For Feminist Studies center, Mozn Hassan, was banned from traveling last month. Nazra published the following statement: “The Passport Administration at Cairo International Airport banned this morning feminist...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
A Solidarity Statement from the Egyptian Feminist Organizations Coalition with Nazra for Feminist Studies
Different organizations published a solidarity statement with Nazra for Feminist Studies. The following manifesto was originally published here. The undersigned organizations, affiliated to the Egyptian Feminist Movement, condemn what Nazra for...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Recommendations of the "Egyptian woman in Parliament 2015" Conference
The Arab Consultancy Office (ACO) in cooperation with the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights (ECWR) has concluded a conference “Egyptian Woman in Parliament 2015” that was held in partnership with the European Union and the Spanish Agency for...
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Political Participation of Women in Power and Decision - Beijing + 20 Egypt
This position paper on women's political participation in Egypt was presented by the New Woman Foundation at the 2015 CSW in New York. Thw two strategic goals outline din the report are: 1- Increasing the representation of women in parliamentary...
Egypt Beijing +20 review
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
We count on your leadership to tackle the barriers that remain for Arab women says Executive Director at Beijing+20 regional review
 Cairo– At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Violence against women and exclusion from public life, Egypt
  Campaigns to end violence against women in Egypt often focus on sexual harassment, though violence also extends to exclusion and stereotyping in political life.  Every year, the world joins in a worldwide and national campaign between 25 November...