Sensitive press coverage of gender issues.

In June 2023, Edraak Foundation organized a training workshop entitled “Gender Sensitive Journalism Coverage”, with the participation of 21 female journalists interested in feminist journalism in a number of Egyptian press websites and newspapers. The training discussed discriminatory legal rules against women in the law, the ethics of documenting with survivors of gender-based violence, gender and related concepts, and the challenges facing feminist journalism in the Egyptian context. As well, the training hosted an .

Mai Gamal Scholarship for Feminist Research

Edraak Foundation for Development and Equality launched the “Mai Jamal Feminist Research” grant in gratitude and pride in her struggles and in recognition of all her contributions in the field of work on women’s issues and combating violence. This grant comes to facilitate the path for young female researchers and put them on the first path of their research career. Mai’s journey and her attempts at self-education were not easy, and that is why we wanted Mai’s passion throughout her life to be a reason to inspire and provide assistance to young women to continue Mai’s journey of producing knowledge for the Egyptian feminist movement.

The Foundation announced the launch of the grant during the memorial held on the twenty-fifth of this November, to complete the dream that Mai Gamal began by supporting feminist researchers in producing and developing their research that contributes to advocating women’s issues and combating gender-based violence.

This scholarship will be launched in November of each year, and will include a short fellowship to support young female researchers in developing their research projects and skills in the field of feminist research. Then, a committee will be formed to evaluate the research to select the winners, and the details of the first session will be announced in the middle of next year.

Emergency case “G” campaign

“Emergency case G” campaign, “Halet Tawareek Geem” in Arabic.

Due to the economic crisis, the menstrual pads considered a recreational commodity, this led to an exaggerated increase in their cost, for this reason, we launched this social media campaign to shed light on alternatives to menstrual pads, and how to use these alternatives healthily and safely.

The campaign reviewed the most popular products in the Egyptian market, including alternatives to menstrual pads, their prices, where to sell them, and how to use them and maintain their cleanliness. In addition, the campaign also reviewed the most famous myths about the menstrual cycle and alternatives to menstrual pads, which girls used to hide in a “black bag” based on the culture of shame that dominates our society.

As we accomplish our activities and programs in a hybrid format, in addition to the previous social media campaigns we organized a set of offline training in these themes.

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SafeComm4women campaign

In celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March, Edraak Foundation for Development and Equality ((EFDE) launches today the “#SafeComm4women” campaign, which extends to 20 March and engages with CSW67 theme “Innovation and technological change and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”

 

Technology and digital spaces have empowered women in Egypt and MENA at several levels. In many societies where women and girls experience restrictions on their fundamental rights, Internet access and opportunities brought by digital spaces have supported them in overcoming these restrictions and challenges. Many women in our communities still struggle to travel, go out to work, access educational opportunities, or participate actively in the public sphere. Having Internet access has enabled them to communicate, learn, work, build networks, and create “safe” spaces to discuss their issues and tell their stories. Feminist movements have also benefited from digital tools and spaces by reaching women everywhere and overcoming many challenges related to resources and organization.

 

Despite all the gains, and since digital spaces are an extension of people’s behavior and culture in the actual sphere, digital spaces have also been room for exposure to GBV, discrimination, and imbalance in power relations. Accordingly, women are exposed to violence and discrimination regarding equal and safe access to the digital sphere. Therefore, women’s rights defenders in MENA are working extensively to raise awareness, advocate for women’s rights on safety and security in digital spaces, and push for more responsive policies and services that support women against GBV in the digital sphere.

 

Consequently, EFDE is launching this campaign to shed light on violence against women in the digital sphere and to emphasize the significant role of digital feminist groups and WHRDs who rely on digital tools and the challenges they face to sustain their activities. The campaign includes posting real stories of violence against women related to the digital sphere, visual materials and infographics from our GBV Crimes Observatory, a webinar on the reality and future of digital feminist groups in Egypt, in addition to a tweeting day about the achievements and challenges of advocating women’s rights on the digital sphere.

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Marriage with the mind, not the body

In mid October 2022, Edraak Foundation for Development and Equality (EFDE) launched a campaign entitled. #MarriageWithTheMindNotTheBody, to open a societal discussion about the widespread crime of “child marriage” which is widely supported by the Egyptian society. Such support has reflected into the delay of issuing a law that explicitly criminalizes the phenomenon and condemns those involved.

Background:

As a part of its social responsibility to combat “child marriage” crime in Egypt, Edraak Foundation for Development and Equality (EFDE) launched the “#MarriageWithTheMindNotTheBody” campaign.

The campaign aims at forming a social public opinion in favor of legislation to criminalize such a crime and to establish effective executive mechanisms to protect girls and their rights.

The end of 2021 witnessed the first legislative move when MP “Enas Abdel Halim” introduced the first clear and explicit legislation criminalizing child marriage. Despite the importance of this legislation to contribute to confronting such a crime, it grabbed attention only in April 2022, after the government approved a draft law submitted by it to the Egyptian parliament on child marriage criminalization.

The first half of the following year (2022) witnessed a wide movement, as the Parliament showed positive steps by referring a number of draft laws submitted by a number of MPs to criminalize child marriage for discussion, such as the draft law submitted by MP “Amira Al-Adly” which criminalizes forcing children to marry with penalties for those involved. In addition, the draft law of MP “Bilal Al-Baroulsi” which aggravate the penalties for anyone who incites the commission of the child marriage crime, as well as the one submitted by MP “Suhair Abdel Hamid” regarding the legal capacity to marry.

The parliamentary movements coincided with the foundation’s efforts towards criminalizing child marriage. Through its campaign, the foundation sought to unify societal efforts in order to issue legislation criminalizing child marriage in Egypt which is is one of the most important decisive factors in confronting this crime. In addition, the campaign shedd a light on the social legacies and religious justifications that help to understand the reasons for the rooting of child marriage in society, in addition to highlighting the efforts of civil society and governmental councils that have been made over the years to combat this crime.

Campaign activities:

The campaign included a round table titled “Joint action and strengthening the efforts for criminalizing child marriage legislation” which was attended by a number of parliament members who submitted draft laws to criminalize child marriage, in addition to representatives of development agencies in Egypt and a number of civil society practitioners who are interested in women’s and children’s issues, as well as representatives of a number of judicial and medical governmental bodies.

The foundation also issued a legal paper titled “Towards an effective move to issue a law to criminalize child marriage,” by Dr. Moataz Abu Zaid, Vice President of the Egyptian State Council and Public Law Lecturer.

Additionally, we were keen on engaging other initiatives and organizations to work on the campaign such as “Love Matters” and “Your Voice”.

We held a number of discussion sessions via Zoom with a number of decision-makers, parliament and Senate members, social media influencers, in addition to a number of fellows working in civil society organizations, government research centers, and psychiatrists.

Believing in the importance of unifying efforts to work on such issues, we highlighted the influential campaigns recently carried out by other organizations, such as the #Not_Before_18 campaign, the Egyptian Women Lawyers Initiative’s Campaign and New Woman Foundation’s Campaign.

Moreover, we documented the cases of child marriage monitored by the “Gender-Based Violence Crime Observatory” in 2021, that ended with the murder of the victim, child or marriage disownment.

The campaign also included a number of written articles, and was concluded with an article by journalist “Esra Saleh”, titled “How do minor girls learn about marital sexual relations?” that was published on “Al Manassa” platform where it received great interaction and various feedbacks.

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Capacity building for women leaders

Edraak Foundation for Development and Equality organized, over four days, training entitled “Enhancing the Capabilities of Women Leaders in Society” for 18 girls/women from a number of governorates (Cairo – Giza – Aswan – Luxor – Alexandria – Gharbia – Qalyubia – Port Said – Assiut).

On its first day, the training covered a number of topics: the state’s strategy for population issues, the effects of gender-based violence, population and development, and reproductive health science.

The second day, which was entitled “Developing gender-sensitive legislation,” included a number of topics discussed, including analyzing legislation from a gender perspective, and discrimination against women within Egyptian law, “a model penal code.”

The training was on its third day under the title “Designing Effective Campaigns to Advocate Women’s Rights” and discussed a number of topics, including the concept of advocacy, its standards and levels. Formulate, analyze advocacy campaign objectives and select activities.

The fourth day discussed a number of topics, including the political organization of public authorities, the role of parliament, parliamentary tools, and the gender dimension in formulating parliamentary tools.

Integrating gender into parliamentary work

Within the framework of the Foundation’s endeavor to achieve gender equality and combat gender-based violence by working with all parties entrusted with achieving this, led by policy makers and the legislative authority in Egypt, the Foundation allocated this training to male and female assistants to representatives in the Egyptian Parliament to provide their knowledge of the topics. Which would reduce the suffering of women in Egyptian society, starting with introducing the concept of gender-based violence and the concepts associated with it, and to take into account the need for them to be familiar with the issues from a legal and legal perspective, we worked to familiarize them with discriminatory laws and the importance of looking at these laws from a gender perspective.

We were also keen to enrich their knowledge regarding national legislative councils in terms of competencies and roles. Legislation and women’s issues, in addition to providing information on how to write gender-sensitive policy papers.

Finally, it was necessary to shed light on women’s health rights through a full explanation of sexual and reproductive health rights and the issues related to them that we need to work on.


	

Gender-based journalism

The press, as it is often called, represents the fourth estate that controls and shapes public opinion. Like many other fields, journalism has been lacking in addressing women’s issues and the social gender perspective. Therefore, the institution has ensured that those working in journalism and content creation are among the targeted groups. Through training, efforts have been made to increase their knowledge of the concept of social gender and how to work on journalistic coverage. The training also aimed to familiarize them with the legal rights of women and bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical reality. This was achieved by hosting the “And She Has Other Faces” platform, which is a leading model in feminist journalism, to introduce trainees to the challenges facing feminist journalism in the Egyptian context. Finally, the training addressed the ethics of documenting the experiences of survivors of gender-based violence.

 

Edraak activities summary Jan 2023 – Jun 2023

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