Members of roundtable discussing civil society - Press photo
CAIRO – 16 February 2021: “A woman worth 100 men” is a saying that means a specific woman has positive traits that maker make her outweigh not just a man, but a hundred of them. Today, the saying became the name of an initiative launched by the Ministry of Immigration to highlight and support Egyptian women abroad.
The initiative, Egyptian Woman worth 100 Men, was launched at a Monday roundtable on the civil society’s role in developing countries, attended by Immigration Minister Nabila Makram, President of the National Council for Women Maya Morsy, activist Sara al-Amin whose charity work is concentrated in Kenya, as well as lawmakers and officials of the Coordination of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP).
Amin has been appointed as an ambassador for the initiative, which will focus on presenting Egyptian women’s role abroad in supporting national causes and developing the communities in which they live.
Amin said civil society organizations play a big role that is as important as governments’, setting the Happy Africa organization, which she founded as an example.
The success factor behind Happy Africa is the trust and partnership between all those involved, with the objective of helping people torn in conflicts over decades and lack the simplest daily requirements of proper residence, water supply and healthcare, Amin added.
In three years, the organization gained the trust of tribes in Kenya, as well as that of volunteers, donors, and partners.
Member of Parliament Soha Saeed praised the “harmony” between Amin’s work in Africa and Makram’s anti-illegal immigration efforts. Another member of parliament, Amr Ezzat, emphasized Egypt’s long history of relations with African nations and the importance of strengthening the relations with neighbors in the same continent.
For her part, Morsy said “we live in the g olden era of what Egyptian woman have achieved in terms of positions, privileges and political work,” adding that there is also a lot of focus on women empowerment on the part of civil society organizations.