UN emphasizes its commitment to support women’s empowerment in Egypt

Apr 2, 2017

The month of March was an important month for women in Egypt. The commemoration of the Day of the Egyptian Women, the International Women’s Day, and the 61st global Session of the Commission on the Status of Women culminated in H.E. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s pronunciation of 2017 as the “Year of Egyptian women”. The United Nations joins Egypt in celebrating the ingenuity, courage and determination of Egyptian women and the extraordinary role they play in their families and communities across Egypt, and emphasizes its commitment to support women’s empowerment in Egypt.

The Government of Egypt continues to demonstrate its clear commitment and actions to achieve equality between women and men, and promote women’s social, economic, cultural and political empowerment through targeted actions, policies, programmes and legislations. In his pronunciation of 2017 as the “Year of Egyptian women”, H.E. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed women’s central role for the future of Egypt, the need to safeguard women’s constitutional rights and for women to be at the forefront, and outlining expediting steps towards the empowerment of women.

The United Nations commends the launch of Egypt’s Women’s Strategy 2030 under the leadership of the National Council for Women – a pioneer strategy globally for women’s empowerment – and welcomes the presidential directions to the Government of Egypt to regard the Egyptian Women’s Strategy 2030 as the reference document that guides the upcoming work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In line with the 2014 Constitution and the Egypt Vision 2030: Sustainable Development Strategy, the Egyptian Women’s Strategy 2030 is devised to enact women’s constitutional rights that foster principles of equality and non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and protection. This affirms the government’s recognition that social justice and inclusive growth will only be realized when women are enabled to benefit and contribute as equal citizens to Egypt’s sustainable development.

In line with these positive developments, “the UN in Egypt reiterates its commitment to supporting the Government of Egypt and its partners in their efforts towards local development solutions to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women,” said the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Egypt Mr. Richard Dictus.

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