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CAIRO, July 11, 2018 - Women have contributed to the growth and sustainable development of Egypt, thanks to the present political leadership, which pledged to improve the overall situation of women four years ago, a member at the National Council of Women said Wednesday.

The part played by women was hailed during the opening session of the Female Leadership and Women's Political Participation Conference, which is being held in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Addressing the conference, a senior member of Cairo’s National Council of Women (NCW) said that the empowerment of Egyptian women was an inclusive process that benefitted them at every socioeconomic level.

NCW member Dr Heba Hagras said that the present political leadership was keen on allowing women to play their role in society.

She said that four years ago, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had called for the NCW to be reformed and for women to be allowed to assume top government posts.

From the time he assumed office, President Sisi pledged to support any measure or step that might increase women’s empowerment and improve their social status.

At the government level, Dr Hagras told the conference, a woman had been named as the President's Adviser for National Security and another woman had been named deputy governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

The latest cabinet reshuffle included eight female ministers. At present, she said, Egypt had 26 female judges and 15 per cent of the parliamentary seats were held by women.


The present NCW had young women, handicapped women and peasant women on its board, in compliance with the instructions of President Sisi, who had declared 2017 to be the Year of the Egyptian Woman, she told the conference, which is being attended by delegates from Morocco, Tunisia Jordan and Egypt.

Dr Hagras said that the Egyptian political leadership was keen on allowing and encouraging women to play a great role in the lives of their respective societies and countries, since it is well-known that when women are empowered, their societies make progress and develop, and this is also true of Egypt.