Egypt reiterates calls to eliminate FGM locally, protect women

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.

Source:Egypt Today

June 13, 2019 15:45 UTC


Egypt joins Arab Charter of Human Rights per presidential decree

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.

Source:Egypt Today

June 13, 2019 15:11 UTC


Egypt keen to regain its leading role to become a regional energy center

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.

Source:Egypt Today

June 13, 2019 15:00 UTC


Africa loses $50B annually due to corruption, illegal flows

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.

Source:Egypt Today

June 13, 2019 14:26 UTC


Anoushka, Khaled Selim, Nehal Nabil combat corruption through 'Asr Gedid'

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.

Source:Egypt Today

June 13, 2019 14:26 UTC


Know Egypt's expected line-up against Tanzania

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.

Source:Egypt Today

June 13, 2019 13:52 UTC


Pics: Egypt's Salah prepares for AFCON

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.

Source:Egypt Today

June 13, 2019 13:41 UTC


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