Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women, during an event to combat female circumcision, on the occasion of the National Anti-FGM Day which falls on June 14 - Press photoAdditional reporting by MENACAIRO – 13 June 2019: On the National Anti-FGM Day, we recall the images of our girls: Bodour, Iman, Soheir, and Mayar, who lost their lives because of the circumcision, along with other girls who we do not known their names, but indeed know their pain and suffering, Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women said.This comes as the National Committee of the Eradication of FGM has launched an awareness campaign against female circumcision, on the occasion of the National Anti-FGM Day which falls on June 14.The National Committee is committed to working as a team that complements each other, focuses on the goal of protecting our girls, and mobilizes all efforts and experiences to achieve the interest of our daughters, Morsy said. "We consider ourselves today more fortunate in facing all forms of violence and discrimination against the female child and the woman, thanks to the continuous support of the political leadership and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to the protection and empowerment of the Egyptian female child and woman women, and the government's commitment to enforce national legislations and international commitments, in accordance with Egypt's strategic vision," she said.Morsy said that although the committee is already working within the framework of adequate legislation and a system of existing and effective protection mechanisms. However, "we feel that we are in need to heavy and influential awareness at all levels for every father and mother, for young men and women, and for children themselves to get freed from the captivity of female genital mutilation, which is not [endorsed by] any religious, or medical or legal document.Ambassador Moushira Khattab, former chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and former candidate for the post of UNESCO director-general attended the event.Khattab referred to Egypt's efforts to help other countries including France and Italy against such act that is carried out by some of the refugees in these countries, adding that Egypt helped some African countries to enact legislations against FGM.Today, we have a historic opportunity to finally eliminate this crime, which is not appropriate for the status of Egypt, where women have assumed the presidency of the state and the leadership of armies since thousands of years ago, Khattab said.Azza Ashmawy, secretary general of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), said "it is no longer acceptable to waste the humanity of a girl … by forcing her to be subjected to this harsh experience. ""It is painful that this is done under inherited social customs that are not based on religion and have no true health or social justification," Ashmawy said. "Despite the achievements that have been made, this crime is still very widespread," she added.
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Arab foreign ministers meet during a regular session to discuss latest developments in Middle Eastern affairs, in Cairo, Egypt September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyCAIRO – 13 June 2019: Egypt's official Gazette Al-Waqa'i' al-Misriyya published Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's decree approving Egypt's acceptance of the Arab Charter on Human Rights adopted at a summit of the League of Arab States in May 2004.The laws and presidential decrees come into effect usually after they are published in the official Gazette.The Arab Charter on Human Rights was first issued in 1994, 26 years after the Arab Commission for Human Rights was formed. However, this version was not ratified as it reportedly failed to get in line with international human rights law.After revision, the charter came into force in 2008 after seven countries had ratified it. In 2012, the Arab Commission for Human Rights, headed by Abdul Raheem Al-Awadhi, assistant foreign minister for legal affairs of UAE at the time, called on Egypt to join the charter.By 2013, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon had ratified the charter.Egypt's acceptance of the charter was approved by the Egyptian Parliament in January this year after it was accepted by the Cabinet in August, 2018.Mervat Rishmawi, a legal advisor at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, said that the charter is "part of a larger process of modernization of the Arab League, which includes the creation of a Peace and Security Council as well as the establishment of an interim Arab Parliament," according to an article published in Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "The charter’s significance lies in the fact that it is an instrument from the region, negotiated by states of the region.
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Container boxes are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, China September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Aly SongCAIRO - 13 June 2019: Trade exchange between Egypt and the US hit $2.2 billion during the first quarter of 2019, up by 26 percent from the corresponding period of 2018, according to the Egyptian Commercial Service (ECS) on Thursday.During the first quarter of 2019, the deficit in trade balance between Egypt and the US declined by 0.5 percent from $802.8 million to $798.7 million.Head of the Egyptian trade representation office in Washington Ahmed Adel Hosni said Egyptian exports to the US increased by 48.8 percent from $465.6 million to $692.9 million.Non-petroleum exports, which make up 80.4 percent of total Egyptian exports to the US, increased by 39 percent from $400.4 million to $556.6 million.Egypt's non-petroleum exports to the US include, among other things, textile, ready-to-wear clothes, iron and steel and aluminium products.
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Ministry of Petroleum- Photo courtesy of the MinistryCAIRO - 13 June 2019: Egypt is keen to regain its leading role in promoting regional and international cooperation through implementing its national project to become a regional energy center.Egypt implements the project through three main axes of work, whether internal, political, technical or commercial, according to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.The ministry clarified that these include the issuance of legislation supporting investment in the fields of gas and oil, where the law was issued to regulate the activities of the gas market and the establishment of an independent regulatory system.The ministry pointed out that Egypt has all the assets that qualify it for this role because of its strategic location between resource-rich countries and major consumers, in addition to the necessary infrastructure and facilities from gas liquefaction plants, refineries, storage depots, port berths, oil and gas pipeline network and Suez Canal.During the ministry's participation in the meeting organized by the French Institute for International Relations on the role of Egypt in the region with regard to the natural gas industry, the ministry said that Egypt has taken effective steps to establish extensive regional cooperation with the natural gas producing countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region and establish partnership with the union in the energy field to optimize the exploitation of all current possibilities and to maximize the economic benefits of the discovered natural gas resources as well as the expected discoveries in the future.It pointed out that the first forum of the countries of the East Mediterranean Gas, which includes the gas producing countries in this region, was established according to an Egyptian joint initiative with Cyprus and Greece, aiming to support cooperation through regular and continuous dialogue between producing and consuming countries and parties that transport gas.The forum also targeted boosting coordination between the strategies of Member States to discuss the possibility of developing a sustainable regional gas market to exploit all potential sources of gas in the region and explore new routes for the transfer of natural gas to the world markets at a competitive price.The ministry also revealed convening its first meeting in Cairo in mid-January.
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The country has already surpassed Saudi Arabia as the second largest single projects market in the region, recording more than $33bn of contract awards in 2018.The future looks even more promising. “Egypt has well over $300bn of known planned and un-awarded projects, which gives it a project pipeline larger than any other regional market after Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” explains El Haddad. “Construction is by far the largest future market in the country, with more than $120bn worth of planned projects and growing. With more than 300 exhibitors from over 30 countries, the event will also feature eight dedicated product sectors and a wide educational agenda comprising more than 50 CPD-certified workshops.On its first edition in 2018, 200+ companies from 24 countries brought hundreds of innovative products to Egypt’s booming USD 335 billion construction market. Over 11,300 construction industry professionals attended the launch of the event, which also offered 44 CPD certified free-to-attend workshops.
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For the first time in Egypt’s history, an Egyptian female MP, Marianne Azer, spoke at the annual Rotary International Convention, asked to make the address in light of her superb career. Furthermore, she talked about the recently launched Egyptian floating hospital set to sail by Egypt’s governorates to offer medical services. Before being appointed to the Egyptian Parliament, Azer had a remarkable engineering career, which she bolstered by her master’s degree and a PhD in Communications and Electronics Engineering. The Rotary conference hosted more than 26,000 attendees representing more than 170 countries. MP Azer has recently participated in several distinguished platforms representing Egyptian women.
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Ministry of Planning – YoutubeCAIRO - 13 June 2019: The first African Forum for Combating Corruption revealed that the African continent losesan estimate of $50billion annually due to corruption and illegal financial flows, the Planning Ministry said.The forum,which is held under the patronage of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh, highlighted several issues and important topics in the strategies of African countries and their efforts to confront corruption and illegal financial flows.The Ministry of Planning, Follow-up and Administrative Reform stressed that the problem of corruption is of the utmost importance to the development priorities in the African continent, emphasizing the need for comprehensive treatment for the matter.The ministry also expressed its happiness and pride in participating in the session "Sustainability of the African continent's resources to serve the objectives of sustainable development" as it is the first forum of its kind to be held on the African continent.The ministry talked about the importance of anti-corruption efforts to achieve sustainable development.It also pointed out that the national plans and strategies to achieve sustainable development in many countries of the continent, including Egypt,are based upon special axes fighting corruption, indicating that this reflects the centrality of anti-corruption efforts within the framework of the UN, regional and national strategies for sustainable development. "Corruption negatively affects the revenues of public budgets of states, the economic efficiency of institutions and the efficiency and effectiveness of public administrative organizations as well as its impact on the investment environment in general," it stated.According to the ministry, the African countries have stepped up their efforts in recent years to fight corruption and increase regional cooperation in this area, the ministry said, stressing the importance of activating mechanisms and legal and regulatory frameworks developed by the countries of the continent to combat corruption, including the African Union Convention against Corruption and the SADC Anti-Corruption Protocol, as well as ECOWAS Anti-Corruption Protocol.On the Egyptian anti-corruption efforts to achieve sustainable development in accordance with the vision of Egypt 2030 and at the national level, the Planning Ministry pointed out that the Egyptian State attaches great importance to intensifying efforts to enhance the efficiency of institutions and fight corruption to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development.The Egyptian government is currently carrying out a comprehensive plan for the reform and governance of the administrative system, the ministry said, stating that the plan aims at raising the efficiency of institutions, strengthening governance and combating corruption.
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Prominent singer Anoushka - Twitterعصر جديد | خالد سليم -أنوشكا - نيهال نبيل ، إخراج / بتول عرفه " عصر جديد " الأغنيه الرسميه للمنتدى الأفريقى لمكافحة الفساد أنوشكا خالد سليم نيهال نبيل كلمات : احمد راؤول- عمر چاهين (لغات) ألحان : كريم عرفه توزيع : أيمن التركي مهندس صوت & ميكس : ياسر أنور إخراج بتول عرفه -------------- كلمات الأغنية: عشان افريقيا تستاهل .......CAIRO - 13 June 2019: Anoushka, Khaled Selim and Nehal Nabil participated in a song titled “Asr Gedid” (A New Era). The song comes on the sidelines of the first African Forum on Combating Corruption, which kicked off Wednesday in Sharm el-Sheikh.“A large team was behind this song, starting with director Batul Arafa, director of photography Hossam Habib, and stylists Khaled Abdulaziz and Maha Baraka,” said Anoushka, pointing out that the team had to produce the song in only a few days.“The song was filmed during the Eid el-Fitr holidays,” continued Anoushka, stressing that she did not face any difficulties in this song, because of the good spirit that existed among the team.Anoushka does not consider the musical project a mere song, as it consisted of numerous embedded messages to the public, including the promotion of industrial cooperation between African nations, pointing out that the state of joy appearing in the song - which was referred to by a number of viewers- indicate the joy of the Egyptians to host a number of African countries and embrace them.
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FILE - Watch iTCAIRO - 13 June 2019: Watch it digital platform has opened a pop-up designated for documentaries, featuring six films that you should not miss. ET sheds light on the documentaries in the following lines.This film is directed by veteran film director Marwan Hamed and is starring Reem Mostafa. The film reviews the religious archeological sites in Sinai, starting from the era of the ancient Egyptians through to Moses until the journey of the Holy Family. The film also stresses on the point that there is no difference between a Muslim and a Christian. Everyone believes in a certain faith and all humans are the offspring of Adam and Eve.
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FILE - Ahmed el-BadryCAIRO - 13 June 2019: Egyptian artist Ahmed el-Badry won the Cairo International Biennale Award, which is worth LE 150,000.The biennale's 13th edition was held in three artistic locations; the Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of Arts at the Opera House, and the Arts Complex at Aisha Fahmy Palace in Zamalek.Badry’s philosophy revolves around the East and its language; a language that contains no alphabet and without vocabulary, a language of non-translatable burdens, clearly manifested in economic practices, in which the society shares the material burdens required by the costly events in a manner that achieves solidarity and sustainability.Badri further explained that this project is an attempt to explore the language of the East by inviting a group of writers and artists interested in language to propose the names of the hybrid tools; a box opener connected to an electrified drill, a tool that carries the same logic of support in its creation to restore its usefulness and sustainability.It is worth mentioning that the artist is currently studying for a Master's in Physical Media at the Academy of Arts. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University in 2003, and has individual and group exhibitions in Egypt and abroad.
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Pardoned prisoners' kin - File photoCAIRO – 13 June 2019: The second group of prisoners and detained debtors, who were granted a presidential pardon on the occasion of Eid al-Ftir (the feast of breaking the fast), were released on Thursday, said the Ministry of Interior in a statement.A total of 685 prisoners were granted their freedom, including 149 inmates released as per the presidential pardon, while the other 536 were released on parole, the statement added.On June 5, 2019, Egypt’s Prisons Department announced releasing 2,002 prisoners on the first day of Eid al-Fitr as per a presidential decree.During a celebration on the occasion of releasing the prisoners, Head of the Prison Sector Zakaria al-Ghamrai said that 139 men and 13 women were released after paying their debts from Tayhya Masr (Long Live Egypt) Fund.President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s decision to grant some inmates their freedom was issued on June 3.In May, Egypt’s Prison Sector released 266 prisoners on parole, while 85 others were released as per a presidential pardon.According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.
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Egyptian national team – Courtesy of Egyptian Footaball National team official account on Twitterمباراة اليوم! مصر 🆚 تنزانياالليلة - ٩:٠٠ مساءافي إطار استعدادات الفراعنة لكأس الأمم الأفريقية توتال-مصر٢٠١٩#شجع_مصر🇪🇬#ThePharaohs pic.twitter.com/j3nHMyEgQA — Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 12, 2019CAIRO, 12 June 2019: Egyptian national team coach, Javier Aguirre, is expected to give the chance for Nabil Dunga & Ahmed Ali when they face Tanzania on Thursday evening at Borg el Arab Stadium.But at the defense level, Aguirre relies on most of his core lineup with Ahmad Hegazy, Ahmed Al-Mohammadi and Omar Jaber.The expected formation is as follows:Goalkeepers: Ahmed Al ShennawiDefense: Ahmad Al-Mohammadi - Mahmoud Alaa - Ahmed Hegazy - Omar JaberCenter: Tarek Hamed - Nabil "Dunga" - Abdullah Alsaeed - Amr Wardah - Walid SuleimanAttack: Ahmed AliThe Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the tournament at Borg El Arab stadium on 6 June.On Tuesday, Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced the final squad which included the national team stars, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet.Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud GeneshDefenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa,Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil EmadForwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan KoukaThe AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after the match - REUTERS/Phil NobleCAIRO - 13 June 2019: Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, participated on Wednesday with the Egyptian national team camp in Borg El Arab in the evening training session.After leading his team to UEFA Champions League title, the Egyptian winger returned to Egypt where he spent Eid Al Fitr with his family in Negrig before heading to the Red Sea for a short vacation ahead of the national team participation in 2019 African Cup of Nations.The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the tournament at Borg El Arab stadium on 6 June.On Tuesday, Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced the final squad which included the national team stars, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet.Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud GeneshDefenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa,Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil EmadForwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan KoukaThe AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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Moneir in a previous performance - Press photoCAIRO - 13 June 2019: The Higher Committee of Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts will hold a press conference on June 17 to announce the details of the festival’s 34th edition set to kick off in July.Held at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Amman at 12 p.m., the conference will be attended by a large number of the festival’s organizers including Executive Director of Jerash Festival Ayman Samawi and Director of the media office of the festival Ghazi Bani Nasr,Several pioneering music performers in the Arab World are set to participate in the activities of the 34th edition of Jerash Festival, including Mohamed Monir from Egypt, Nancy Ajram, Wael Gassar and Marcel Khalife from Lebanon, Lutfi Bunshnaq from Tunisia.Jordanian star Omar Abdel Lat is set to perform in the launching ceremony of the much anticipated festival.
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FILE - Martyr and hero Nabil el-WakkadSome of the many honoring received by the heroWakkad's daughter speaking to media in a previous interviewCAIRO - 13 June 2019: In Egypt, it is not uncommon to find streets named after individuals who left their mark carved in the minds and hearts of Egyptians. Naming streets after certain individuals is also a common thing around the world.Egypt Today sheds light on a street named Nabil el-Wakkad. It is a bustling street in the heart of the historical district of Heliopolis in Cairo. But, who is Nabil el-Wakkad? In the following lines numerous secrets about the life of Wakkad will be revealed.Nabil Bakr Ali Hassan el-Wakkad achieved his secondary education degree from the Copts Secondary School in the city of Beni Suef.
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