Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, said that Egypt has made many efforts to protect women from all forms of violence, pointing out that the axis of protection from all forms of violence against women includes the approval of the Council of Ministers of the national strategy to combat violence against women.
The President of the National Council for Women explained during her speech at the Eighth Conference of the Arab Women Organization, today, Tuesday, that the efforts of the Women’s Complaints Office of the National Council for Women extend in all governorates, adding that a special unit has been established to eliminate violence against women within the National Council for Women, the Ministries of Interior and Justice, and departments for rights. Human rights and the elimination of violence against women within all security directorates in the governorates, a human rights office in police departments, and the provision of hosting centers for women survivors of violence.
She added, “Specialized clinics for violence against women have been established within the Forensic Medicine Authority, and units to combat harassment have been established in public universities,” noting that the first hostel for victims of human trafficking has been established, and a package of basic services has been launched for women and girls subjected to violence.
She explained that the Ministry of Justice has established specialized criminal departments in courts of appeal at the regional level to examine human trafficking cases, and that three medical response units have been established to deal with female victims in university hospitals, adding that the first national coordination committee to eliminate female circumcision in Egypt has been established. The committee includes all the partners involved. With this case in Egypt, it aims to unify visions and coordinate efforts to eradicate crime. The Public Prosecution has operated digital offices for family prosecution services in a number of governorates.
She added that with regard to fair legislation for women, laws have been approved and amendments have been made to ensure Egyptian women protection, full equality and equal opportunities, pointing out that laws have been amended, including the criminalization of deprivation of inheritance and the stricter penalties for female circumcision and sexual harassment, and the regulation of the work of the National Council for Women and the lack of disclosure of victim data Against them in violent crimes, criminalizing and defining bullying, and amending the provisions of the Money Guardianship Law.
Dr. Maya Morsi indicated that in the context of dealing with the repercussions of the emerging corona virus pandemic, Egypt was the first country in the world to issue a policy paper on responding to the special needs of women and girls in the context of dealing with the pandemic, and it launched a mechanism to monitor and follow up the implementation of those policies in March 2020, and it was monitored. More than 165 measures, decisions and preventive measures supporting Egyptian women so far.
She mentioned that Egypt ranked first in the report issued by UN Women and the United Nations Development Program on the measures taken by countries around the world to support women during the Covid-19 pandemic, in which the section on the Middle East and West Asia explained that the number of measures that Egypt has taken to support Women, according to the standards of monitoring the United Nations, is the highest number of measures that have been taken in the aforementioned region since the beginning of the crisis.
The President of the National Council for Women pointed out that there is an international initiative in the United Nations to present a resolution before the General Assembly with the two sisters Algeria and Saudi Arabia in addition to China and Zambia regarding “strengthening the rapid national and international response to the impact of the” Corona virus “on women and girls, explaining that the decision sheds light on the special needs of women. And the girl during the pandemic, and it deals with the economic and social repercussions on their rights during the pandemic, and provides a practical vision for how to strengthen national and international dealings with these repercussions.