Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) (Courtesy NCW's official Facebook page)
CAIRO – 13 November 2017: The National Council of Women (NCW) and the African Economic Commission of the United Nations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participated in the preparation of a report on "Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in Egypt".
The NCW organized in cooperation with the commission a two-day workshop on the economic empowerment of women in Africa.
During the workshop which ended on November 13, the council presented its report in the presence of representatives from the African Economic Commission, representatives of local concerned ministries as well as representatives of NGOs and members of the NCW's economic committee to discuss the economic situation of women in Egypt through data and statistics. Egypt's Vision for 2030 and the strategy of women empowerment were included in the final report.
The report aims to highlight Egypt's role in taking measures to achieve the economic empowerment of women through various bodies, in order to enlarge their knowledge base, which is essential to address the structural and emerging issues related to women in the field of labor market and the development of the private sector. This is all to be in accordance with objectives of the 2030 sustainable development plan.
The report is based on the original analysis of data at the companies, individual and country levels. It focuses on the status of women in the field of economic empowerment through a number of points: status of women in entrepreneurship in Egypt, the relation between entrepreneurship and women's economic empowerment, as well as obstacles and difficulties facing women.
Amr Soliman, an economic expert who participated in the workshop pointed out that this workshop aims to help those who will prepare the final report know more about the status of women’s economic empowerment in Egypt.
"We have invited our partners from ministries and civil society to introduce them to Egypt's role in realizing the economic empowerment of women," said Soliman.
Representatives of the African Economic Commission in Addis Ababa reviewed the report on the economic empowerment of women in Africa, especially the section on Egypt, where they discussed the background, objectives, methodology used in preparing the report and the report's outputs.
Representatives of ministries and civil society organizations also presented an electronic presentation focusing on their role in achieving women's economic empowerment. The participants were divided into three groups to come up with final recommendations.