US And Egypt Launch Women’s Economic Empowerment Project

Egypt and the United States on Tuesday launched a $39 million Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment Program to help improve women’s condition in the working places and society.

The program will operate in seven governorates, Cairo, Giza, Beheira, Assiut, Minya, Qena and Sohag aimed at enhancing women’s ability to access economic opportunities in Egypt.

Egypt Independent reported that Katrina Fotovat, a Senior Official to the US Secretary of State in the Office of Global Women’s Issues, Nicole Champagne, Acting US Ambassador to Cairo, Margaret Sancho, Acting Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Egypt, Rania al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Nevein al-Kabbag, Minister of Social Solidarity, and Maya Morsy President of the National Council for Women were attended the launching ceremony.

The empowering project funded by USAID, would help women and girls to deal with daily challenges sufficiently that could also results into reduction of violence against them.

During the ceremony, Kabbag said that they have launched an initiative with the Nasser Bank through the Mastoura loan, in which women would be able to take soft loans and it also creates job opportunities.

This program also helps women and girls to make a social image, improve attitudes, knowledge and behaviors and economic participation to reach the self-sufficient in different areas.

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