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UN and KOICA partner to strengthen gender equality and empower women in Egypt


Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation held a signing ceremony on Monday for the Korea International Cooperation Agency’s (KOICA) Multilateral Cooperation Program 2021-2024 for Gender Equality in Egypt.

The program will be implemented in collaboration with UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Council of Women (NCW).

The program follows the South Korean government’s previous announcement designating Egypt as a priority official development assistance (ODA) partner country for the period 2021-2025.

The multilateral cooperation program includes the “Economic Empowerment of Women in Egypt” project, implemented by UN Women in partnership with NCW.

The objective of this project is to strengthen the economic empowerment of women by facilitating decent employment opportunities, access to skills development and advocacy for the creation of an enabling environment in the community and the private sector. This requires the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP).

The governorates targeted by this project are Beni Suef, Alexandria and Greater Cairo, and will place particular emphasis on young women ‘s access to employment.

The program also includes the project “Preventing and Combating Gender-Based Violence in Egypt”, implemented by UNFPA in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and NCW.

This project focuses on strengthening national protection and response systems and institutions to address gender-based violence and harmful practices. At the same time, it aims to improve the awareness and knowledge of the youth-led community in addressing gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In order to ensure a coherent and comprehensive approach, the UNFPA project will target the three governorates targeted by UN Women, in addition to the governorates of Assiut, Qena, Sohag and Mansoura.

In her address, Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat stressed that social inclusion and equal opportunities for women and men are the only way to achieve sustainable economic growth.

It is also the only way for Egypt to have a better future and a more complete economic and social environment, in order to guarantee everyone a decent standard of living.

She said global studies have proven that women’s participation in the labor market in Egypt, on par with men, increases gross domestic product (GDP) by 34%.

Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, underlined the cooperation of his ministry with UNFPA and the implementation of many projects aimed at broadening the concept of sports practice.

These aim to give more opportunities to women in sport while empowering them, providing services to women and developing their skills.

The Minister noted that this is part of the strategy of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which aims to open up prospects for cooperation and investment with international institutions and organizations seeking to support youth projects and sport.

NCW President Maya Morsy noted that both agreements are important because they address two of the most important issues that the Egyptian state attaches great importance to, namely: women’s economic empowerment; and the elimination of violence against women.

The NCW also pays great attention to these issues due to the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030, which was developed by the council and endorsed by President Al-Sisi, which stems from the Vision 2030 of the Egypt.

Hong Jin-wook, Ambassador of South Korea to Egypt, said, “I am delighted to announce the opening of a new chapter in development cooperation between South Korea and Egypt, with valuable partners of the United Nations, the year in which Egypt became one of the priority partner countries in terms of development cooperation.

He added that his country has now become a partner of the Egyptian government in the fight against gender-based violence and harmful practices, in addition to strengthening the economic capacities of women.

“I have no doubt that this partnership will be the cornerstone of establishing mutual relations in various social and economic programs between the two countries,” the ambassador said.

Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Representative in Egypt, said: “The absence of gender-based violence and harmful practices is at the heart of UNFPA’s next strategic plan, and we look forward to KOICA’s support for this goal. .

“We are grateful for our partnerships with the Ministry of International Cooperation, NCW and the Ministry of Youth and Sports,” added Meijer, “Women’s economic empowerment is crucial to achieving gender equality, and Through the new program, UN Women will strengthen opportunities to support the access of Egyptian women, including young women, to decent employment.

Meijer said the program is based on Egypt’s vision that the protected and sustainable employment of women in competitive markets is a key driver of the country’s national economic growth.

Christine Arab, Country Representative at UN Women in Egypt, said: “Economically active women have greater decision-making capacities at home and in the community, which has a positive impact on their own well-being and that of their family.

She noted that the efforts that will be made within the framework of the Multilateral Cooperation Program are in line with the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030. This concerns in particular its three pillars on economic empowerment, social empowerment and protection.

The program contributes to political reforms recently approved in April 2021 by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. This relates to the areas of adequate response to violence against women in the workplace and the importance of a coordinated response to survivors of violence.

It also contributes to the conclusions of the report on the 2015-2020 national strategy to eliminate violence against women. This highlights the strengthening of the national referral channel, the improvement of the delivery of integrated protection and response services and the importance of behavior change campaigns.

In addition, it contributes to Egypt’s Closing Gender Gap Accelerator, a national platform and action plan under the wider World Economic Forum initiative, and led by the Ministry of International Cooperation. , in partnership with NCW.

The Accelerator is a platform fostering greater public-private partnership to advance the economic empowerment of women in the country. The Accelerator’s goal includes, but is not limited to: equipping women for a post-novel coronavirus (COVID-19) labor market; close the wage and wage gap between and within sectors; increase the participation rates of women in the labor market; and step up efforts to increase the number of women in leadership and leadership positions