CAIRO - 23 April 2022: Minister of Local Development Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, received an achievement report from the central equal opportunities unit in the ministry on the public and sub-opportunity units in the governorates, totalling (277) units on the work strategy to integrate women’s issues into the comprehensive and sustainable development process in the governorates.
This comes in light of the interest of the Ministry of Development Local women’s role in the renaissance of societies and their ability to bring about positive change in all aspects of social, political and economic life, and in implementation of the mandates of the political leadership to empower women, raise their efficiency and build their capabilities.
Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy stated that 6 initiatives were launched in all governorates targeting the participation of women on a large scale in all political, social and cultural sectors. In the field of protection and combating violence against women, it carried out 238 awareness seminars aimed at combating all forms of violence against women, harassment and bullying, benefiting 17,376 beneficiaries. In addition, 249 awareness seminars were held aiming at raising awareness of the health, social and psychological risks of FGM, benefiting 7,323 beneficiaries. Also, 30 awareness seminars were carried out aimed at eliminating the phenomenon of early marriage and the negative damages resulting from it, benefiting 1,400 beneficiaries.
Shaarawy also pointed to the importance of the development goals achieved by the "You Are Productive" initiative, where 50 workshops were implemented to train women in a variety of handicrafts, including (carpets - handicrafts - clothes - sewing - housekeeping) for the benefit of 977 beneficiaries and 5 workshops to train 50 women workers.
Shaarawy added that, in light of the directives of the equal opportunities units in the governorates to raise awareness and pay attention to women's public health and the importance of education, the "Caring for Women's Public Health" and "Egyptian Village Without Illiteracy" initiatives were launched, where the first carried out 31 medical convoys in the field of reproductive health and various other specialties. For 3206 beneficiaries, 26 campaigns for early detection of breast cancer were organized, benefiting 922 women, in addition to organizing 22 awareness seminars on the importance of the Corona vaccine, benefiting 1780 beneficiaries. As for the “Egyptian Village Without Illiteracy” initiative, 6 classes were implemented to eradicate 196 women Organizing 16 seminars on dropping out of education for 505 female beneficiaries.
Major General Shaarawy drew attention to the great interest of the Equal Opportunities Units in capacity-building and awareness-raising, as 4 workshops were organized to introduce digital transformation to benefit 196 women, in addition to implementing 8 training courses for capacity-building in various fields such as (technological literacy - civil service law - Time management - effective communication - the concept of financial inclusion), in addition to holding 19 seminars to raise awareness and introduce the most important societal issues (national identity and belonging - human rights strategy and women's empowerment axis - memories of the October War - the importance of water rationalization - the rights of the elderly under the title "Give Back" “), and 11 awareness seminars on the dangers of addiction in cooperation with the Addiction Control and Treatment Fund. The Equal Opportunities Unit in the Ministry implemented a training program to build the capacities of heads of equal opportunities units and empower them to integrate women’s issues into the comprehensive and sustainable development process in the governorates for 28 beneficiaries with advanced training content.
Major General Shaarawy stressed the ministry’s interest in empowering women and placing them in decision-making centers in the governorates. The “Executive Women Executive Workforce in Localities” program will be implemented, and the program is concerned with building the capacities of female workers in the offices of all governorates to qualify them to occupy leadership positions in the local administration.
The program aims to build women’s capacities in an effort to increase their representation in leadership positions in localities, while developing their skills to make them pioneers in community work.
Major General Shaarawy added that the ministry's interest in women working in localities was evident in the launch of the "A Day in a Village" initiative, where 12 seminars were organized aimed at introducing equal opportunities units at the level of centers and villages and the services.