CAIRO - 18 October 2021: As part of an ongoing partnership between GFF and UNFPA Egypt, a VIP guest list of Egyptian Ministers arrived at El Gouna City for a special event to launch a new initiative titled Noura on October 17.
Looking to 'invest in girls in Egypt', the initiative looks to provide support for disenfranchised young women across Egypt, and a whole host of guests came out in support, including Naguib Sawiris, representative of the National Council of Women and several Egypt-based foreign ambassadors.
The initiative comes under the umbrella of The Girls Assets Framework, a programme with the aim of providing guidance to design and implement girl-centered programmes focused on reaching the most marginalized adolescent girls.
It is a holistic and comprehensive programme that targets households, communities as well as services that surround adolescent girls.
Nabila Makram: I told them that it is ok to make mistakes because at the end we learn from them.
Rania El Mashaat: I thank everyone who is working on gender issues, special thanks to head of National Council for Women Dr Maya Morsy.
Rania El Mashaat: I believe that Noura will teach girls social and economic skills.
Hala el Saeed: Noura is an initiative aiming to enhance life of girls today and tomorrow.
Hala el Saeed: Noura initiative will empower girls both socially and economically.
Hala el Saeed: Empowering Women is crucial for economic growth.
Rania El Mashaat: Noura initiative will speak with girls to see what is the best for them.
Maya Morsy: It is my pleasure to be today with you all to launch Noura initiative tailor made for young girls.
Maya Morsy: I want to give a big clap to great Egyptian lady Yousria Sawirs, I was honored to work with her before and she worked to increase percentage of women in the parliament.
Maya Morsy: I am happy today to join my friends, female ministers of Egypt to launch Noura initiative.
Maya Morsy: Empowering women is empowering the nation and empowering young women is empowering the future of this nation.
Maya Morsy: Noura name is driven from light, this light will bright the future of young Egyptian girls.
Maya Morsy: we determine to have a better future for Egyptian women and girls.
UNFPA global goodwill ambassador Catarina Furtado through the years I was invited as guest speakers for girls to share my experience.
UNFPA global goodwill ambassador Catarina Furtado: It is possible to empower women and girls through education and by knowing their potential.
Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood Sahar El Sonbaty: I am so happy to be here today to witness the launch of an amazing initiative like Noura.
Maya Morsy: till now I think every day what to give back to the community.
Maya Morsy: I talk daily with women and girls and encourage them, encouragement is literally the holy stick.
Nabila Makram: Women is the best to throw the seeds for a better future to Egypt.
Rania el Mashaat: At the age of seven they asked me what do you want to be? I said to get my PHD, this reflected my passion with education.
Maya Morsy: I was raised in girls school who taught us to think daily what are we going to give back to the community.
Rania el Mashaat: To every girl you can achieve whatever you want.
Hala el Saeed: The important thing that I always kept in my mind is the I have to excel, whether in my work or education, I have to do my best.
Hala el Saeed: To every girl, listen to your parents, your professors and seek guidance.
Maya Morsy: we are working in every single house in Egypt, through Noura we are going to talk with young girls and families.
Maya Morsy: Our female ministers will go to every single place in Egypt and all rural areas to speak with girls.
Nabila Makram: we can perform some training courses from our expatriates to our young girls in Noura initiative.
Rania el Mashaat: Gender equality is extremely important because gender equality increases GDP.
Hala el Saeed: The major reason of unemployment for women and girls is the lack of technology.