Women represent 21% of workforce in MENA: Min.

Minister of International Cooperation Ranya al-Mashat during the "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" session that was held in Dubai as part of the World Woman Forum 2020 - photo from the minister's official Twitter accountCAIRO - 19 February 2020: Minister of International Cooperation Ranya al-Mashat said on Tuesday that women represent about 21 percent of the workforce and contribute about 18 percent to the gross domestic product of the Middle East and North Africa.Mashat's remarks came during her speech at the "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" session that was held in Dubai as part of the World Woman Forum 2020, organized by Dubai Women’s Foundation and attended by representatives of 87 countries.“In Egypt, we have around 48 million women, of which 23 million are actually supporting families. Through public private partnerships (PPP), we are reducing the financing gap, fostering more inclusion and engaging in constructive dialogues on the advancement of women,” She said.“We also have to elevate the narrative, with women success stories becoming an ever needed prominent feature of the public conversation, as they provide open doors for others and push participation. Today, 25 percentof Egypt’s Cabinet members and 19 percentof Parliament members are women. The government exerts increasing efforts to politically, economically and socially empower women, to deliver Egypt’s 2030 vision,” Mashat added.During the minister’s speech, she stressed on the importance of achieving financial inclusion, working to increase MSMEs and establishing strong partnerships between the government and the private sector in the Middle East and North Africa region.She also added that the Central Bank of Egypt launched a number of initiatives to promote women’s financial inclusion by signing MoUs with the National Council for Women to determine initiatives that are matched with the objectives of the National Strategy for Empowering Egyptian woman 2030.Mashat stressed that the economic, social and political empowerment ofwomen in Egypt became a national priority for the Egyptian government.The forum discussed policies and initiatives that possess a positive impact on women and ways to increase women's social and economic participation, especially in the entrepreneurial sector.Ivanka Trump, adviser to the US president; and a number of heads of international financial institutions headed by David Malpas, president of the World Bank Group; and Crystalina Georgieva, director-general of the International Monetary Fund, delivered a speech during 60 discussion sessions of the forum.Mashat also presented the efforts of Egypt in empowering women politically, economically and socially in various fields, as Egypt is one of the first countries to prepare a strategy for empowering women, which was launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in 2017 to make women a basic partner in a strategy for sustainable development by 2030.The minister participated in the launch of the Women Entrepreneur Financing Initiative (We-Fi), which is held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa, with the aim of empowering women entrepreneurs in the region. This initiative includes a partnership of 14 governments with six development banks.The forum focuses on four main axes such as the government, economy, society and the future with the participation of more than 3000 personalities, which makes it the largest forum of its kind.

Source:Egypt Today

February 19, 2020 09:56 UTC

In pics: World leaders call for urgent action plans on road safety in Stockholm

The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden Wednesday - Photo by Nourhan MagdyStockholm – 19 February 2020: The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden Wednesday, where around 1,700 delegates from around 140 countries around the world are attending to share successes and lessons from implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated the conference and made introductory remarks on roads safety.“It is very important to come together to share experience and knowledge from all over the world, it is an honor to host this global conference on road safety, and delighted to see many decision makers gathered here in Stockholm, showing commitment to road safety,” King Gustaf said.His majesty said that road safety is as important as other global issues like poverty, human rights climate change that need to be tackled together.For his part, the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth urged decision makers to act to allow children live a safe life, and reduce deaths figures on the roads.He highlighted the conference as a good opportunity to repeat our commitment to improve road safety, adding that in order for that goal to be achieved, “we need stronger allies, partners and internal community…multilaterally is important.”UN Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt said that road deaths figures are shocking, saying although many intergovernmental organizations and governments are mobilized towards reducing the figure, but it is still not enough.We should not expect different results by doing the same thing when approaching the issue, Todt added.World Health Organization’s Director-General is Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave examples of countries that have achieved progress in road safety like Norway, which recorded only one road death in Oslo last year.“With the right leadership, road safety can be reconfigured, it is only when countries can move towards vision,” he said. Director-General Adhanom added that WHO is committed to work with countries, to improve laws, monitor global progress, and post-crash emergency care.“It is one thing to set goals, it is another to achieve them. There is no excuse for inaction,” he continued.He concluded his statements saying that countries need to rapidly accelerate actions on road, plan for sustainable mobility, measures to increase walking cycling and public transport and engage civil societies and private sector in achieving the goalThe World Health Organization predicts that traffic accidents will be the fifth most common cause of death globally by 2030.The conference marks the end of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. But more importantly, it marks the starting point for road safety strategies ahead.The event is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, and minister-led delegations, and representatives from the world of industry and research, international institutions and organizations will also participate.More than half of the African population will be living in cities by the year 2040, this create vast opportunities for us in Africa, and we need to meet manage these opportunities wisely so that our people are the winnersOur countries are racing time, facing the pressure and needs of growing populations, transport programs are implemented to allow sustainable systems in our continent.However, Africa records the highest global rates, and actions are still needed, she added.

Source:Egypt Today

February 19, 2020 09:45 UTC

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