For the first time, 8 female ministers in Egypt's Cabinet
The newly appointed female ministers are Hala Zayed for the Health Ministry succeeding Ahmed Emad el-Din, and Yasmine Fouad as minister of environment, succeeding Khaled Fahmy. They two newly appointed ministers, in addition to six female ministers who occupied seats in the outgoing Cabinet, represent nearly 25 percent of the Cabinet.
Zayed is the second female minister in the history of Health Ministry since its establishment in 1937. Zayed was the president of the 57357 Academy of Health Sciences, the chairwoman of the Supreme Committee for Combating Corruption at the Ministry of Health and an advisor to the minister of health and population.
As for Fouad, she has been the assistant environment minister for foreign affairs for the past four years. She’s also an assistant professor in the faculty of economics and political science in Cairo University.
Fouad has represented Egypt many times in several international and continental conferences regarding the Green Climate Fund and climate change.
Inas Abdel-Dayem remains as the minister of culture, Rania al-Mashat heads the Ministry of Tourism, Ghada Wali heads the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Nabila Makram heads the Ministry of Immigration, Hala el-Saeed heads the Ministry of Planning, and Sahar Nasr heads the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation.
CAIRO- 14 January 2018: For the first time in Egypt's history, six female ministers occupied seats in the cabinet, representing nearly 20 percent of the cabinet. In a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, Inas Abdel-Dayem was chosen to be the new minister of Culture over Helmy el-Namnam and Rania al-Mashat has replaced Minister of Tourism Yahia Rashid.
Egypt's new Cabinet has sworn-in on Thursday, with 12 new ministers taking the oath before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
A total of 20 ministers remained unchanged, including the above mentioned female ministers and Mohamed Shaker, minister of electricity and renewable energy; Mohamed al-Assar, minister of military production; and Tarek Shawki, minister of education.
CAIRO - 14 June 2018: Egypt's new cabinet has sworn-in Thursday, with 12 new ministers taking the oath before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Mostafa Madbouly was assigned to be the Prime Minister and the Minister of Housing. A total of 15 deputies to ministers were also appointed.
Maya Morsy, the president of the National Council of Women (NCW), expressed to Egypt Today her pride of the new appointments of female ministers, asserting that this represents Egypt's government's confidence in the Egyptian women.
Also, the number of parliamentary female members reached 90, some 76 of which were elected, and 14 were appointed, marking a ratio of 15 percent of the total number of members. Moreover, the rate of female voters has reached 55 percent.
President Sisi announced that Egyptian women have played a vital and significant role to help Egyptian society overcome the current difficult conditions.
The Egyptian leader made his statements during an Iftar banquet held in Ramadan 2017, under his auspices to honor women after he announced 2017 as the “Year of Egyptian Women”.
During his speech, Sisi expressed his deep respect for Egyptian women's resilience.
“The Egyptian woman, unlike women in many countries around the world, and due to the difficult circumstances of Egypt, endures so much. In fact, when we were on the economic reform procedures over the past two years, or longer, I knew that in every house, I, or rather Egypt, had a prop,” Sisi said.
“Indeed, when we were taking these measures, I always said I would address and talk to the Egyptian woman and tell her ‘please help me and help Egypt.' The path we have started is a cruel and painful path, but I swear, God willing, with what we are doing, we are laying the real foundations for a real state. A real state,” he added.