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NCW's Voice

Speech by Ambassador Mervat Tallawi, President of the National Council for Women before the conference entitled “She and Terrorism”

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 National Council for Women Condemns the Sexual Assault against a Young Woman in Tahrir Square as well as all previous assaults.

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.  



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Joint Statement of the Standing Committee on International Relations & the legislative Committee of the National Council for Women

noEgyptian 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.

NCW's Activities

Meeting of the NCW President with the representatives of the African Group


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.

During her participation in the 58th Session, Ambassador Tallawy reproaches the USA and the Vatican for their stand on Women's issues:

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.

NCW's Branches

The NCW initiative to eradicate women's iliteracy in the villages of Al Taramsah and Dendera in Qena

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.

Activating the Protocols of Cooperation between the National Council for Women for the implementation of region- specific local projects for Women Heads of Household in the governorates of Luxor and Qena.

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.


Training News

A New Program to Manage Electoral Campaigns is launched by the National Council for Women

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


The National Council for Women launches its programme :" Chose your Candidate"

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.


Facts & Figures

From the Ombuds Office

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.

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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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