Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is spearheading an international initiative at the UN aimed at supporting women and children through the fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19). The initiative is being undertaken in cooperation with the National Council for Women (NCW).
To highlight their initiative, the Egyptian delegation addressed the executive director to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and other UN member state missions.
The Egyptian movement will address the negative impacts of the global pandemic on women and children around the world, whilst also mitigating the social impact on the most vulnerable.
Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN, Mohamed Edrees, said the Egyptian delegation asserted the need for international cooperation and exchanging experiences to combat the current challenge.
He explained that Egypt’s UN delegation carefully studied an NCW report on the proposed policies and programmes to support women and children, when addressing the coronavirus crisis.
In cooperation with other countries, Egypt presented a draft to the UN’s General Assembly as part of national and international efforts to respond quickly to the health and social repercussions of the virus. This is with a particular focus on women and girls, who are generally vulnerable members of society, and who are suffering from the pandemic’s outcomes, Edrees said.
According to statistics, women working in the medical field increased to 75% of the global workforce, while in Egypt, women represent 41.1% of doctors and 91.1% of the nursing field.