FILE - Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Minister for Endowments.
CAIRO – 22 May 2018: The spokesman for Egypt's Ministry of Religious Endowments, Gaber Tayie, said the ministry will appoint two female preachers in each mosque nationwide to deliver regular sermons on women, children and family affairs for female worshipers.
Tayie asserted that women’s prayer places will not be neglected anymore. Rather, the ministry will do its best to develop women's prayer facilities nationwide and provide all their needs, as part of a wide plan that aims to give more attention to women and family affairs, which have been neglected over the past decades.
Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments is one of the country’s top state religious bodies tasked with the administration of mosques and Islamic cultural institutes, as well as training religious preachers.
Since 2014, Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi frequently reiterated that reforming religious discourse is a key element in defeating terrorism.
The president said during an Al-Azhar ceremony in 2017 that renewing religious discourse, dealing with all terrorist groups equally, rebuilding regional state apparatuses, and cutting off funding to terrorist groups are key factors to the elimination of terrorism and extremist ideologies.