Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-08-17 08:31:54
The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) launched the “Women’s Voice” campaign to encourage women’s political participation, ahead of expected parliamentary and local municipality elections.
The programme, in partnership with UN Women, aims at raising awareness and encouraging women to participate in political life, whether by presenting themselves as candidates or by voting. The programme targets 1,000 potential female candidates and should divide them into small community circles, to be able to provide them with needed assistance.
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali participated in the conference, and noted: “We must remember that Egypt failed to achieve millennium goals in women empowerment, and that the issue has become pressing despite the unstable situations of Middle East and Arab countries.”
Wali continued saying that at least 76% of female high school graduates do not work, 46% of college graduates do not work, while only 16% of Egyptian women have stable jobs.
“Egypt ranks 131 out of 142 in terms of women’s freedom and empowerment, which is catastrophic,” Wali said. “Women’s voices must be heard during the making of the legislations, and that will only come through their political participation.”
Parliamentary elections are soon to be announced, and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will appoint 27 of its members, promising that half of those will be women, according to the state-affiliated National Council for Women (NCW). More»