In the past couple of years, there has been a lot of controversy with Egypt ranking as the 10th worst country in terms of gender equality (according to The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 published by the World Economic Forum), while Cairo ranked as the most dangerous mega city for women worldwide, according to the Thomson Reuter Foundation Annual Poll. This shed light on how there is little female representation in important positions, gender-pay gap, and high rates of sexual harassment. However, such news instigates people to combat that bias and strive for more justice and equal rights among all Egyptians, and we’re glad to say that many aspects are actually seeing some improvement.
Today we’re talking about the Egyptian Women Conference. It aims to spread awareness about the role of women in Egypt, the challenges they face, and what we can do as a community to better the current situation. The conference will be held under the name, The Egyptian Woman and Human Safety… Challenges of our Reality and Aspirations of our Future.
What’s interesting about this event is the fact that it’s held outside of Cairo, in Minya to be exact. The Cultural Palace of Minya is organizing the 6th Egyptian Women Conference on the 18th and 19th of April, and will be held in the Centre of Evangelicalism Authority in Itsa. It will also be in collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and the Evangelicalism Authority for Social Services, headed by Dr. Samia Qadri.
The conference will be home to many panels and discussions on serious topics that may have been considered taboo (especially in Upper Egypt), such as early marriage and sexual exploitation. There will also be an art exhibition of products by women in Central Upper Egypt.
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