Egypt: Cooperatin with the National Council for Women

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The Spring Forward for Women, contributed to the implementation of various workshops and consultations that aimed at establishing consensus on key areas of priority:

1) Political participation of Egyptian women (as voters and candidates), 

2) The obstacles facing equitable participation of women in decision-making processes, 

3) Means of overcoming these obstacles, 

4) Tools needed to advance the political participation of Egyptian women, 

5) Implementation of constitution’s articles on women issues, 

6) Leadership and public speaking skills, 

7)Emphasizing the importance of constructive dialogue. 

The workshops aimed at building the momentum for the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) that is to be held mid of May 2015 in Bibliotheca Alexandria with the attendance of national and international experts in advancing women’s leadership and political empowerment from both governmental and non-governmental institutions to develop a national strategy and action plan for implementation. The various workshops were organized by the Women Business Development Centre (WBDC) at National Council of Women (NCW) with the participation of Peace Women around the Globe and The Centre for Democracy and Social Peace Studies- Bibliotheca Alexandrina (CDSPS).

On 6 April 2015, a widely media coverage workshop took place in Cairo (Safeir Hotel) with Heads of 10 NCW’s branches from the governorates of Alexandria, Cairo, Giza, Gharbiya, Luxor, Marsa Matrouh, Red Sea, South Sinai, Port Said, and Minya, in addition to representatives from equal opportunity units (EOU) from concerned ministries that includes ministries of Defence, Justice, Tourism, Education, Health and Media. The meeting was opened by a speech by Ambassador Mervat Tellawy and in the presence of Ambassador Soad Shalaby - Head of NCW. Participants discussed deliberate on their activities and scope of work, how to leverage their outreach potential and the challenges they face in implementing their mandates as well as the needed tools and resources they need to enhance their efficiency. The meeting ended in recommendations and best approaches that strategically address women empowerment’s issues on a national level to be discussed and included in the national strategy to be discussed in Bibliotheca Alexandria mid of May 2015.

On 22 April 2015, parallel workshops were held on the importance of women’s empowerment and national policies and legislations regarding this. The workshop participants included key actors from previous National Dialogue Forums that took place in these governorates as well as with women parliamentary candidates. The parallel workshops took place in the 5 governorates of Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, Marsa Matrouh, and Tanta.