26th AU Summit: Seeking for women rights in 21st century
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26th AU Summit: Seeking for women rights in 21st century

26th AU Summit: Seeking for women rights in 21st century By Aya Kathir Women in general  around the world are seeking for their rights . Women especially  in Egypt are facing many challenges. Despite all of these, they are trying to be fully engaged in the public life and many of them succeeded already to grave their names in many fields. Analysis.     Women’s battle   Throughout ages, History has been the witness of many women around the world who have been trying to break the rules in societies that were been controlled by men. They were seeking to prove themselves, by raising their voices and by seeking to reach their rights in playing a role in the community. According to Egypt’s vision 2030, women can be empowering socially, politically and economically. But women in Egypt are facing many challenges. Women are facing obviously an unprecedented phenomena of sexual harassment. According to 2013 UN Women report, nearly 99.3% of women have been sexually harassed. This problem has nothing to do with clothing, but it’s a stolen right of practicing their freedom. Just the fact of being a woman in a patriarchal society opens the door to be underestimated and neglected.   The United Nations in Egypt and the Egyptian government are combining their efforts to ensure the women’s freedom and safety by supporting the legislative changes and executing the laws which are considered as first steps to face this epidemic. The UNICEF reported that 91% of women and girls had undergone female genital mutilation, which has been criminalized in Egypt in 2008. It’s the evidence of the significant increase in the women’s health care in the last centuries. Women are facing sex segregation in the work place, which limits their ability to work and to maintain a higher position. There is also a   gender segregation at school , especially in Upper- class with the  withdrawal of girls from attending school when they reached the puberty. Many civil societies are facing the high illiteracy rates among women. Many organizations and feminism groups are  protecting women’s right, with the  gender equality  willing.  One of them is  the Egyptian Center for women’s rights (ECWR), for instance. Headed by Nihad Abu Al Qumsan, this  non-governmental, non-profit organization has the mission to bring equality among men and women. Another one is the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW). It  was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 1979. This convention seeks to define discrimination against women as a human right issue.  189 countries have signed this convention. Gamal Abdul Nasser’s legacy The president Gamal...

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