Cooperation between Foreign Ministry and National Council for Women to prepare the first national Egyptian plan to reinforce women’s role in making, keeping, and building peace

Tuesday 21 May 2019
12:15 AM
Unofficial Translation of the Arabic Text

Emanating from the importance of reinforcing Egypt’s contribution to international and regional efforts to make, keep, and build peace and confront terrorism and extremism, and in the framework of existing cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Council for Women (NCW), an agreement was reached to create a working team, joining the Foreign Ministry’s Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding, the NCW, and relevant State institutions, to prepare Egypt’s  first national plan to reinforce the role of women in the field of making, keeping, and building peace. This comes in implementation of Security Council resolution No. 1325 for the year 2000, which underscores the importance of taking additional measures to advance the role of women in decision-making on all levels, and in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peacekeeping and peacebuilding. This also comes in line with the State’s moves to reinforce the role of Egyptian women in all fields, especially since 2017 had been declared the year of the Egyptian woman,  the latest of which was the constitutional amendment that awarded 25% of parliamentary seats to women, and concurrently with Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union and the approaching 20th anniversary of SC resolution No. 1325.

It is noteworthy that cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the NCW comes to advance the efforts of Egyptian women in the fields of making, keeping, and building peace at the Arab and African levels; whether through participation in international peacekeeping operations or through the role of the Cairo International Center in building Arab and African capabilities to implement the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. This includes building the capabilities of the AU Commission and the Arab League Secretariat. Moreover, Egypt is considered one of the most important countries in terms of military and police force contributions to international peacekeeping operations. Egypt also  plays a responsible role in efforts to resolve African and Arab conflicts. The Cairo International Center is also a center of excellence accredited by the AU in the field of training, including in the field of implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.​