FILE: Ambassador Naela Gabr
CAIRO – 9 June 2018: Egyptian Ambassador Naela Gabr was endorsed to win the membership of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) membership on Thursday.
Egypt’s candidate managed to win 143 countries’ votes in the elections that took place at the 20th meeting in New York City of countries ratifying the UN convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
Ambassador John Casson, Ambassador Naela Gabr and IOM Egypt’s Head of Migrant Assistance Division Mr. Andrea Dabizzi launch PRIME project to address irregular migration. Photo: IOM
“Gabr’s membership of the UN committee highlights the great attention paid by the country to promote women’s empowerment in the various walks of life as well as comes as an affirmation of the effective and influential role played by Egyptian diplomacy in the United Nations in the multilateral engagements,” the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Ahmed Abo Zeid, said in a statement.
Abu Zeid explained that Ambassador Naela Gabr has been elected member of the Committee more than once over the last 10 years. She also chaired the Committee from 2009 to 2011 and served as its vice president from 2015 to 2017. She is currently at the helm of the National Coordinating Committee on Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling.