President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi honors one of ideal mothers on the Egyptian Woman Day- press photo
CAIRO – 31 March 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi proposed establishing a fund to address the challenges faced by the Egyptian women after he reviewed with the health minister the possibility to screen and treat women nationwide for breast cancer.
This came during the Egyptian Women's Day ceremony held on Saturday to honor women and ideal mothers.
After mentioning some challenges facing the Egyptian women including on the health and judicial levels, Sisi said: "In light of these challenges, as we established a fund for the martyrs and the injured, and we established a fund to care for our disabled sons and daughters, let's establish a fund for women."
Sisi said that it does not affect people much to pay LE 1-5 of their salaries in tax for such funds. However, it can make a considerable fund over months and years, which would be added to the state's budget.
He added that the state is establishing these funds in light of the "transitional period in Egypt's history that would take from five to ten years" until the Egyptian state's budget can cover all the national requirements covered currently by the funds.
The president said that such proposal can be discussed by relevant authorities including the Solidarity Ministry and the Parliament.
Minister of Health Hala Zayed said that breast cancer is the second cause of death among Egyptian women, although breast cancer's incidence rate in the country is similar to that in European countries and Japan.
"However, the Egyptian woman prefers to spend money on her children rather than to [spend money] to be treated," Zayed said, adding that the ministry would submit a project plan to comprehensively screen Egyptian women for breast cancer, and treat those who have the disease.