within the “Increasing the Participation of Women in Public Life in Egypt” project implemented by the NCW in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED),
in partnership with the European Union (EU), in the presence of Dr. Ashraf El-Araby, President of the Institute of National Planning, Prof. Ashraf Salah-Eldin Saleh, Vice president for Training, consultations and Community Service and Dr. Naglaa Al-Adly, Head of the Central Department for Financial and Administrative Affairs at the National Council for Women, Ms. Monica Rizzi, Senior Programme Officer in the International Labour Standards, Rights at work and Gender Equality at the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ITCILO), a number of leaders of the scientific and supporting scientific staff and the administrative body of the institute, as well as representatives of the National Council for Women, and the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ITCILO).
The workshop aimed to provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss and propose policies to support the perspective of gender equality and women’s empowerment and identify needs to come up with an action plan to implement best practices and policies to integrate the needs of men and women in the INP’S planning and programmes process, design a set of manuals and tools, as well as designing a capacity building program to take into account gender equality, equal opportunities and women’s empowerment.
Prof. Ashraf Salah-Eldin Saleh stressed that achieving gender equality and empowering women in national institutions is one of the priorities of the Institute’s work as the fifth goal of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and also stressed the need to change the stereotypical and negative view of society that continues to affect many women in various aspects of their private and public lives.
In a speech delivered on behalf of Dr. Maya Morsy, the President of the NCW, Dr. Naglaa El-Adly said that the institutional analysis in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment is applied for the first time in Egypt through the Institute, which is a leading body in the application of this system and a unique model to be followed by other institutions. She added that the workshop comes in light of the successful implementation of the first and second activity‘s phases.
Ms. Rizzi pointed out that the Institute of National Planning is the first institute concerned with research in the Arab Region to participate in the application of institutional analysis in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. She also pointed out that the workshop is an ideal opportunity to participate and provide an opportunity to exchange discussions and opinions to integrate gender equality issues into the design and implementation of the Institute’s programs, and monitoring systems. It is worth noting that during the first phase of the gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment activities in governmental institutions, a number of activities were carried out in cooperation with the International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization (ITCILO), which aimed to mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment, which included training 14 trainees from the National Program for Women in Leadership, on “Institutional Analysis Response to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment” according to the participatory methodology of the International Labor Organization (ILO) . A Training of Trainers for Gender Sensitive Approach & Gender Mainstreaming in the National Planning Process was held and targeted 22 women from various ministries, government agencies and the academic sector. In addition to developing a model tool-kit to support the implementation perspective of gender equality and women’s empowerment in national planning processes in line with the international approach and relevant international experiences in line with the Egyptian context and national efforts in this framework.