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Excellencies the Ministers, Ambassadors, Governors, Presidents of Political Parties and Institutions and Representatives of the UN,Ladies and Gentlemen,Distinguished guests,
The developments, which took place in the last few years, reflect that no due attention is given to the intellectual upbringing and guidance of the young generations, and so adopting values, which run contrary to those of patriotism and taking pride in belonging to the nation.
Ladies and Gentlemen, In view of their active participation in the revolutions of the 25th of January and the 30th of June as well as in the first two entitlements of the roadmap set for the future of Egypt; namely, the referendum on the Constitution and the Presidential elections, the Egyptian women asserted their capability of playing a role in the public issues, which harm the national security.
The Council had previously warned against the possibility of the recurrence of sexual harassment, aiming at the exclusion of Egyptian women from public life, weakening their role in society, and thwarting the celebration of the practice of democracy in Egypt that was witnessed by the whole world. The Council confirmed that such vile crimes do not scare Egyptian women and will not deter their participation, equally with men, in rebuilding their country.
Egyptian women are witnessing the worst period in its modern history, suffering abuse, sexual harassment, segregation and oppression.
Therefore, we, the National Council for Women of Egypt, as representative of all Egyptian women, urge the Egyptian authorities and all human rights institutions to take appropriate measures to stop the violence and human persecution exercised towards Egyptian Women.
This is a call for help, protection and actual real support.
The discussions revolved on the importance of coordination among African countries to mutually benefit from all the available resources of the region, including human resources, expertise, and best practices , particularly with regard to gender equality and women empowerment.
The USA claims that it protects human rights and freedoms but does not do women justice - " I shall support the American Women till they attain all their rights"- states Tallawy
During her participation in the discussions for the preparation of the final document emanating from the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Ambassador Mervat Tallawy, President of the National Council for Women and Head of the Egyptian Delegation, rejected the proposal of the US Representative to remove the reference to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Addressing the delegate, she asked why the USA has not up to now signed the Convention, despite its allegation that it is the defender of rights and freedoms of the world? Tallawy expressed her surprise that the USA still deprives American women from their rights to equal salaries with men, and that itI cannot oblige the large companies to grant women the right for equal pay. She declared her solidarity with American women until they attain all their rights.
Within the scope of its work in addressing the issue of illiteracy, particularly among women, NCW adopted an unconventional initiative to eradicate the illiteracy of women in the villages of Al Taramsah and Dendera in the governorate of Qena, based on providing services and incentives to benefit women and their families, such as offering health and social services to women attending literacy classes. These services include comprehensive free medical examinations , performing surgery free of charge, and facilitating treatment at the expense of the government. In addition, the initiative also offers veterinary guidance, through agricultural caravans to educate illiterate women and their families, and offering them agricultural seeds free of charge. Furthermore, an alliance for marketing their crops and products is currently being established, through which they can market crops and employ their children. Furthermore, women will receive a monthly financial support while studying.
This initiative is adopted to address the increased reluctance of women to join literacy classes or to dropout of these classes due to the poor living standards and the poor economic conditions of their families.
This initiative is implemented through a joint cooperation between the NCW local Branch in the governorate and a number of executive local leaderships, namely in the Ministry of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Social Fund for Development, Misr Al Khair society, and the Resalah society.
As a result of protocols of cooperation signed by the National Council for Women and a number of governorates, the implementation of income-generating projects - specifically designed for each region and aiming to improve the livelihoods of women heads of household and their families - is starting.
In this regard, Dr. Suad Israel, NCW Branch Coordinator in Luxor, explained that25 projects for women heads of households in animal husbandry, breeding rabbits, establishing grocery shops and in other areas that take into account the local needs, will be implemented in the Shaghab village in Esna, which is the poorest village in the governorate.
As the National Council for Women is keen on supporting the participation of Egyptian women in political life, and in an effort to show women how to manage a successful electoral campaign, NCW launched its new training program "How to Manage an Election Campaign". This program aims to train women who want to run as candidates for the parliamentary and local elections, either on party lists or as running as independent candidates, on campaign management skills
In pursuance of its efforts to support the political participation of women, and its quest to reach out to poor, rural and marginalized women, NCW launched its new training program "Chose Your Candidate" , which started its activities early this week in the Governorate of Luxor.
Ambassador Mervat Tallawy, President of the Council, stated that goal of this training program is raising the awareness of women in the governorates on how to choose the candidate who has a good understanding of their living conditions, and has the ability to express their concerns, their hopes and aspirations, and who will seek to resolve their problems and ensure their rights. It aims at helping women select their candidates voluntarily and free from any pressure or bribe, as these will neither be in their own interest back nor in the public interest of their community as a whole. The training will be delivered by experienced lecturers, with excellent communication skills, able to interact with the women in a simplified manner.
The NCW Ombudsman’s Office received a complaint from a lady, who was raped by a blacksmith from her neighborhood. After pressures by the families and neighbors, the rapist married the victim, but he maltreated her and used to assault her physically and insult her for four years. Eventually, the lady decided to submit a complaint after her husband forced her to work in adultery for his benefit. She requested to get Khula (a divorce predicated on the abandonment of her rights), as she can not bear living with him. The Ombudsman’s Office filed a legal action to get her divorced.
Phone: +20-23490060 to 65 Fax: +20-23490066 Ombuds Office: 15115 Address: Abdel Razzak El Sanhoury - Nasr City
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The first driving license was issued to am Egyptian woman in 1929
ولدت في أسيوط لأسرة قبطية غنية من ملاك الأرض، انضمت إلى الحركة السياسية عام 1919، وفي الرابعة والعشرين من عمرها، كانت تحتل موقعاً محورياً على الساحة السياسية والاجتماعية، بدأ نشاطها السياسي عندما شاركت في مسيرة النساء الشهيرة عام 1919، أما دورها في العمل الاجتماعي فقد بدأ مع تعرفها إلى هدى شعراوي، ثم وضع حجر الأساس للجنة سيدات الوفد المركزية، وهي لجنة أسستها مجموعة من النساء الرائدات لتعمل مع حزب الوفد من أجل استقلال مصر وتحرير المرأة، حيث قامت مجموعة من النساء يبلغ عددهن ثلاثة ألاف امرأة بعقد اجتماعهن التأسيسي التاريخي الأول في يناير 1920، وأصبحت إستر فهمي نائبة لرئيسة الجمعية، ثم انخرطت في نشاط مكثف في سبيل إنشاء جمعيات لتحسين وضع المرأة الاجتماعي، وقامت بكتابة عدة مقالات في هذا المجال للصحف المختلفة. وقامت إستر في الفترة ما بين عامي 1922 – 1926 بمراسلات طويلة وجريئة ومتواصلة مع اللورد اللنبي – المندوب السامي البريطاني في مصر حينذاك، وقد حددت في مراسلاتها بدقة شديدة القضايا الملحة في تلك الفترة، وهي عودة سعد زغلول من منفاه، واستقلال مصر عن بريطانيا، والأفراج عن المعتقلين المصريين. قامت في عام 1924 بتأسيس جمعية العمل من أجل مصر، التي كان من ضمن أهدافها العديدة مساعدة النساء الفقيرات لتمكينهن من الاعتماد على أنفسهن، وقد واصلت الجمعية عملها منذ إنشائها وحتى عام 1926، عندما انتقلت تبعيتها إلى وزارة الشئون الاجتماعية، وقد لعبت إستر دوراً مهماً في مؤسسة اجتماعية أخرى، منذ العشرينيات وحتى الثمانينيات من هذا القرن – وهي جمعية الشابات المسيحيات، التي أخذت على عاتقها النهوض بالمرأة والفتاة وتعزيز دورها، بصرف النظر عن عوامل الدين والطبقة الاجتماعية لقد استخدمت قلمها ومعرفتها وإجادتها لثلاث لغات للتعبير عن رفضها للوضع القائم، ودافعت في سبيل تحقيق هدفين هما التحرر من الاستعمار الأجنبي والتحرر من القيود المفروضة على المرأة، وفي عام 1936، كتبت اليانور روزفلت في إحدى المجلات الأمريكية تعليقاً على إستر ويصا: أعتقد أن النساء في كل مكان يشعرن بوجود علاقة وطيدة تربطهن بها من حيث الاهتمامات والمثل العليا المشتركة وفي عام 1969، تم تكريم إستر لدورها البارز في حركة 1919 النضالية ومنحت وسام الكمال، وذلك في احتفال بذكرى حركة تحرير المرأة.
المصدر: 1- رسائل الذاكرة – ملتقى المرأة والذاكرة: نادية الجندي
2- موسوعة المرأة عبر العصور، المجلد الأول
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