29 May 2024 02:17 AM

The 3rd Egyptian Women’s Summit 2024

Sunday، 03 March 2024 - 12:00 AM

On behalf of Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, opened on Sunday 3-3-2024 the activities of the Egyptian Women’s Summit under the title “A 360° Guide toward a Prosperous Life” and the “Great Women of Egypt” exhibition, with support from the European Union, in the presence of Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of the Environment, Dr. Nevin Kilani, Minister of Culture, Ambassador Soha Gendi, Minister of State for Immigration and Affairs of Egyptians Abroad, Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, Ambassador Christian Berger, Ambassador of the European Union to Egypt, and media figure Dina Abdel Fattah, founder and president of the Top 50 Women Forum.

The Egyptian Women’s Summit 2024 is organised by the Top 50 Women Forum, which is the first platform in Egypt to work exclusively on empowering female professionals to strengthen their contributions to development and decision-making processes, taking place on March 3-4 in collaboration with the Egyptian National Council for Women (NCW) and with the resourceful collaboration of the European Union.

The Summit, also, brings together senior executive leaders of companies and institutions, senior government officials, private sector representatives, international organizations, high-level female leaders, and university students.

Objectives

This year’s summit intends to initiate consequential discussions on gender equality as well as ways to fight all forms of gender discrimination and ensure that funding and rehabilitation mechanisms are in place to promote women empowerment.

Under the theme “A 360° Guide toward a Prosperous Life”, the two-day event will bring together barrier-breaking women across industries and generations in addition to senior government officials, EU ambassadors, and representatives of the private sector, international organisations, and developmental initiatives.

The two-day event will feature the Eu-supported Great Women of Egypt Exhibition, and an employment fair. In addition, the panels at the Summit will include Global Changes and the Enabling Environment; Global Environment into Practice: Laws, Public Policies, Empowerment Programmes; European Insipiring Trajectories/Experiences; and A Vision toward Gender Equality at the Workplace.

In her opening speech, the Social Solidarity Minister Nevine El-Kabbag extended thanks to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for supporting women.

The minister further thanked men for supporting women as a partner in the homeland.

She also saluted the Palestinian women for their steadfastness, adding that Egypt is at the forefront of countries which support its brothers in difficult times.

The minister referred to the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women, which was launched by the National Council for Women (NCW).

She said the event represents a unique opportunity for the new generation to promote the value of women.

She highlighted that Egyptian women positively contribute to developing the Egyptian family, attaining prosperity of the local economy along with achieving social justice.

She said that the percentage of women’s representation in the two houses of parliament increased by 22%, adding that the women’s representation in the diplomatic corps increased to reach 60%.

Yasmine Fouad, minister of environment, participated in a panel discussion themed “Global Changes and the Enabling Environment.”

The participants in the panel also included Rania Al-Mashat, minister of international cooperation; Hala El-Said, minister of planning and economic development; Maya Morsy, president of the National Council for Women; Nevine El-Kabbag , minister of social solidarity; Soha Gendy, minister of immigration and expatriates affairs; Ambassador Christian Berger, head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt.

Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said that women, especially breadwinners, are the most affected by climate change to be followed by children and elderly people.

If any area was hit by torrents, floods or typhoons, we find women responsible for taking their children to schools and securing family’s needs, the minister said at the third session of Egyptian Women’s Summit,

She noted that one of the achievements of Egyptian women is that they were able to convert waste such as animal manure and some agricultural waste into organic fertiliser.

Now, there are 4,500 biogas units to generate energy from an organic source in the Egyptian countryside as part of the “Decent Life” initiative.

She added that girls and women are able to turn any challenge into a solution.

She made clear that profits resulting from utilising one agricultural waste, namely rice straw, reached 1.2 million pounds annually thanks to efforts of Egyptian women.

Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat participated in a discussion session titled “The impact of global changes on women’s lives and creating an enabling environment for them,” with the participation of Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of the Environment; Ambassador Soha El-Gendy, Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs; Dr. Nevin Al-Kilani, Minister of Culture; Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women; Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of the European Union Delegation in Cairo;  Deputy Chief of Mission Evyenia Sidereas Evenia Cedreas at US Embassy; and journalist Dina Abdel Fattah, founder of the Top 50 Women Forum.

In her speech, Al-Mashat thanked the Top 50 Women Forum for organizing this important event during Women’s Month, explaining that the Ministry of International Cooperation plays a vital role in enhancing the role of Egyptian women through international partnerships in cooperation with multilateral and bilateral development partners.

The Minister indicated that with the preparation of international partnerships, the goals of the national strategies prepared by the Egyptian state are considered a common denominator in those partnerships, and it does not overlook the important role played by civil society and the private sector in strengthening those partnerships and creating ambitious programs to empower women and create economic and social opportunities.

The Minister pointed out that women and girls are the most affected by development challenges and unstable conditions in many countries, noting that the Egyptian state is committed to integrating women as a key part of the society, and in this regard, the Ministry of International Cooperation is working to strengthen partnerships with various companies; launching programs to empower women economically and socially, by mobilizing financial resources, grants, and technical support for women entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises, and emerging companies.

Al-Mashat stated that there are many women’s empowerment programs being implemented with partners, including the United States Agency for International Development, the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and other companies, stressing that empowering women is a common denominator in various strategies with development partners, both multilateral and bilateral.

The Minister spoke about the Closing the Gender Gap Accelerator, which is being implemented in cooperation with the National Council for Women and the World Economic Forum, and is considered the first platform of its kind in Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region, through which the government and private sectors participate in taking measures to bridge the economic gaps between both genders. She noted that about 100 companies have joined the accelerator to begin taking realistic and practical measures to empower women in the labor market through specific goals.

In her speech, the Minister also touched on the strategic framework for the partnership with the United Nations, which includes 5 main axes, including a pillar for the empowerment of women and girls, in addition to its overlap with the first four pillars. This reflects the importance of those efforts made with development partners, national entities, and civil society organizations in order to advance the efforts undertaken by the state to provide more economic and social opportunities for women.

Dr. Nevin Al-Kilani, Minister of Culture reviewed, in her speech at the opening discussion session entitled “The Impact of Global Changes on Women’s Lives and the Enabling Environment for Them”, a number of strategic axes that the Ministry of Culture is implementing to spread enlightenment, build the Egyptian person intellectually, and support them artistically. She also stressed the importance of working to improve the cultural system and achieve cultural justice, especially with regard to the issues of women and preserving their rights through their cultural empowerment.

Dr. Nevin Al-Kilani, Minister of Culture explained that the Ministry’s vision is based on two aspects:
The first is awareness and cognitive empowerment, which aims to raise the cultural awareness of women and girls. This is done by helping them to acquire knowledge, live in a positive society, and a safe environment free from all forms of discrimination, violence, or persecution. This will make them a key pillar in achieving sustainable development.

The second aspect is economic empowerment and the discovery and development of creative and artistic capabilities in the field of cultural and heritage industries.This is done through a variety of artistic and craft workshops, and talent discovery workshops in different fields, through the women’s clubs that exist in the Houses and Palaces of Culture, which provide them with a supportive environment.

During the discussion, Dina Abdel Fattah, President of the Top 50 Women Forum, congratulated the Egyptian ministers who participated in the forum for their efforts to promote women’s roles and achieve gender equality. She announced that a women’s exhibition will be held next year in collaboration with the National Council of Women.

For her part, Ambassador Soha Gendi, Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs, explained that Egypt has allocated 6 ministerial portfolios to women, in addition to 25% of members of the House of Representatives, and has granted opportunities to women in executive positions as assistants, assistants, deputy ministers, and governors, which confirms the consolidation of the rules of equality on the basis of excellence and experience, appreciating the Political leadership’s vision that aims at achieving gender equality, eliminating all forms of discrimination against women in the field of work, and empowering women economically, stressing that we are living in a golden age of Egyptian women’s successes with the support of the political leadership, and its keenness to distinguish Egyptian women and achieve positive results for their families and society despite the challenges, and their great determination to Excellence and leadership in all fields, in the presence of a supportive political will.

Ambassador Soha Gendi also confirmed that Egyptian women abroad have succeeded in entering the most difficult fields, and have succeeded with distinction in proving themselves and achieving an impressive position, adding that, for example, we have Dr. Nemat Shafik, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of England, and we have a commander in the Australian Navy, and female judges, ministers, and ambassadors. Egyptian women abroad, leaders in a number of defense ministries around the world, deans of colleges, and prominent experts in sports sciences, singing, arts, and other fields.

The Minister extended her appreciation and gratitude to every woman abroad, for the honorable effort she is making to reunite her family, connect them to their history and roots, and preserve the customs and traditions of the established Egyptian family.

On the sidelines of the Egyptian Women’s Summit, Ambassador Soha Gendi inspected the first edition of the “Great Women of Egypt” exhibition in cooperation with the European Union, which documents the journey of Egyptian women’s renaissance throughout the ages and contains the largest illustrated encyclopedia of the most important Egyptian female figures, who have achieved record successes in many fields and wrote their names in golden letters on the memory and future of the nation.


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