Egypt launches National Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Strategy, Res. Coordinator commemorates dayJun 29, 2015We know that FGM cannot be justified on the grounds of religion or culture, that it is a clear violation of human rights, has a devastating and lasting physical, health and psychological impact on women and girls, and is a barrier to progress and development. Globally some 125 million girls and women have undergone the procedure and up to 30 million girls under the age of 15 remain at risk. According to the 2014 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), 92% of ever-married women age 15- 49 had been circumcised.
OpEd New data show that years of efforts are paying off in fighting FGMJun 8, 2015I was recently in Aswan to meet with the local government, partner NGOs, and people working together to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), a widely-spread practice in Egypt that predates both Christianity and Islam and was criminalized by Egyptian law in 2008.
Sweden expands its support to Egyptian women’s social, economic and legal rightsMay 14, 2015In an expression of the continued support to the advancement of Egyptian women, Sweden announced a new grant equivalent to 18 million EGP to the “Social, Economic and Legal Empowerment of Women” initiative, a joint United Nations programme that addresses challenges faced by Egyptian women and girls and supports their empowerment and participation in the society.
My visit to the Family Court in AbshwayMar 23, 2015visited Abshway district in Fayoum Governorate, Egypt for the launch of the Legal Aid Office in the Abshway Family court. My visit was within the context of a project that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt is implementing with the Ministry of Justice.
The United Nations Agencies in Egypt Commemorates the 2014 International Youth DayAug 17, 2014On the Occasion of the 2014 International Youth Day, on August 12, the United Nations (UN) and its partners seized the opportunity to emphasize the important role of youth in achieving sustainable development, highlighting their youthful energy, enthusiasm and creativity.
Photo Contest “Equality for Women is Progress for All” WinnersMay 18, 2014UNDP Egypt Country Office, in collaboration with the Egyptian Photojournalists Society, announced the winners of the Photo Contest, launched on 9th of March 2014, under the 2014 theme of the International Women’s Day “Equality for Women is Progress for All”.
UNDP and Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation honor Authors’ team of the 2010 National Human Development Report May 7, 2014The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoP) celebrated the awarding of the ‘UNDP Global Award for Excellence in Human Development’ to the Egypt 2010 Human Development Report - “Youth in Egypt - Building our Future” in an event held on May 7th, 2014.
Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Development May 3, 2014Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is important for all to measure the impact of our programmes and improve them based on the lessons learned.
UNDP and Egyptian Ministry of Justice Partner to Upgrade Family CourtsApr 26, 2014UNDP Director, Ignacio Artaza signed with Minister of Justice Naier Othman and Ambassador Omar Abou Eish, Director, Department of International Cooperation for Development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 23 April, 2014 an agreement that would enhance access to justice through the introduction of the Legal Aid Offices (LAO) in Family Courts and upgrading of the Dispute Settlement mechanism.
Helen Clark: Statement on International Women’s Day Mar 7, 2014This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.