Tuesday 07 February 2023
I wrote – Nour Al-Amrousi:
The National Council for Women participated in the activities of the 42nd session meeting of the Arab Women’s Committee at the ministerial level, headed by the Republic of Iraq.
Dr. Naglaa El-Adly, Director General of the General Department of International Conventions and International Cooperation, delivered Egypt’s speech on behalf of Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the Council, with the participation of ministers, ministers and representatives of national mechanisms concerned with women’s affairs in the member states of the League of Arab States. Sherwit Attia, Director of the International Cooperation Department, also from the National Council for Women. And Samira Rashwan, assistant to the President of the Council for the climate change file, which lasted on February 6 and 7, 2023, through the digital platform.
Dr. Naglaa El-Adly confirmed that the file of women’s empowerment in Egypt witnessed an unprecedented boom locally and internationally during the past years, and she reviewed Egypt’s efforts in this file in all fields. She also presented Egypt’s efforts in the file of women, the environment and climate change, referring to Egypt’s international proposal on women Environment and climate change, which I launched in March 2022 before the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, a vision that is based on 7 main pillars.
And she talked about Egypt’s hosting at the end of last year of the 27th Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27), and as a prelude to it, the “National Initiative for Smart Green Projects” was launched in all governorates, which included a focus dedicated to women..and more than a thousand projects were presented. for the category of women within the initiative.
She explained that the Climate Conference included dedicating a women’s day that dealt with a comprehensive approach to women’s empowerment and gender equality in the climate change agenda, during which Egypt launched its presidential initiative “African Women and Adaptation to Climate Change AWCAP”, which is a transition process that includes water, energy and food for women. It was proposed based on three implementable axes in Egypt’s international discourse on women, the environment, and climate change, and in support of the commitments of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
And it announced the United Nations for Women as a global partner alongside the United Nations system as a whole, and more than 9 Member States have expressed interest in joining this initiative, as well as African civil society organizations such as Dignity and FEMNET, and the private sector.
The Director General of the General Department of International Conventions and International Cooperation at the Council stated that the African Women’s Initiative and Adaptation to Climate Change aims to establish an association that includes the heads of the bodies concerned with women’s affairs / ministers and relevant ministers of the environment, to promote knowledge production, and to enhance the provision of information technologies in the field of climate, data collection, and research. exchange experiences, and strengthen commitments to invest in women by supporting them at various levels; It also aims to benefit from existing partnerships between the public and private sectors, and to promote social protection policies that take into account the empowerment of women and gender equality and measures to keep pace with the paths of a just transition.
Dr. Naglaa Al-Adly emphasized that Egypt has not only launched a stand-alone initiative for women, but rather we are participating with another initiative led by the Egyptian presidency to integrate women, such as the “A decent life for Africa resilient to climate change” initiative with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development in Egypt.
She concluded her speech by emphasizing that the threats of climate change are not gender-neutral, and the need to come together to address the impact of climate change on women, and called on the rest of the Arab countries that are members of the Arab Women Organization to join the Egyptian presidential initiative “African Women and Climate Change Adaptation” to ensure the achievement of a just environmental transition. Arab and African women.
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