FILE - The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
CAIRO - 7 December 2018: The National Council for Women held a meeting on gender based violence in the Egyptian Universities. The meeting was attended by representatives from 18 universities as well as officials from the Ministry of Higher Education.
This comes within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign from Nov. 25-Dec. 10.
“This meeting comes as part of implementing the national strategy to curb violence against women that was launched in 2015; the strategy is one of the national axes to improve women's conditions by 2030,” Sanna Sayed, Supervisor of the General Directorate of Human Rights Affairs, said.
Sayed stated: “Our meeting today displayed some of the wrong customs and traditions that we inherit generation after generation and how we can put an end to them.”
The meeting also tackled the legislative efforts to eliminate violence against women and shed light on different forms of violence and aggression women undergo in all governorates.
Furthermore, Professor Hassan Sanad, dean of the Faculty of Law in Minia University, discussed the constitutional articles related to women and how to avoid violence.
The meeting ended up with a set of proposals which included holding successive meetings and discussions to unify all exerted efforts and exchange successful experiences, continuing the protocol made with Egyptian universities and setting an effective plan annually to review activities.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
According to the UN, the international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.