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9 مارس 2017 12:30 م
UK Embassy in Cairo: Egypt is making slow but steady progress towards gender equality
UK's Message on International Women's Day: Egypt is making slow, but steady progress towards gender equality. There are now more women in parliament than ever before; women leaders in business, the arts, sport, civil society and entrepreneurship are making their mark on the international stage. It remains the case however that there are not enough women in the workplace, not enough women in senior positions, and those who are there face certain problems.
This was the message from a vibrant and diverse group of returned Chevening women hosted by Deputy Head of Mission Helen Winterton to mark International Women’s day (8th March) in Cairo. These women all gained post-graduate degrees under the Chevening scholarship programme in the UK and are now active in diverse fields including film-making, social entrepreneurship, an actuary, and journalism .
The Chevening women described some of the practical steps that they take to Be Bold For Change. “Since I went to UK I no longer ignore harrassers - I ask them why they do it, and they are embarrassed,” said one of the attendees. “I take every chance I can get, even if I was given a story because it is considered a woman’s story, and I do an excellent job”, said one journalist. Another attendee explained how she cycles to work and refuses to be intimidated on the way.
The UK is committed to tackling gender inequality by promoting and protecting women’s rights. Empowering women and girls around the world improves peace and stability, enhances economic growth and spurs poverty reduction.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently launched a cross gender equality strategy, appointed a special envoy for Gender Equality and set out his commitment to breaking down the barriers that hold women and girls back.
In Egypt, the UK empowers Egyptian women by investing in future women leaders. The UK has sent 90 Egyptian women to UK for postgraduate study since 2011 through its Chevening scholarships.
In addition, the UK creates jobs for Egyptian women through the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund and supports assets for poor women through the Government of Egypt & World Bank supported Social Safety Nets programme.