The European Union (EU) in Egypt participated on Sunday, November 25th, in launching an awareness-raising campaign to combat sexual harassment in public transport, in an event held at the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MoIIC).
The EU supports the campaign in cooperation with MoIIC, the National Council for Women, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the ‘Agence Française de Développement’, the GIZ, USAID, Drosos Foundation, UN Women and RATP Dev, in addition to ‘SODIC’ and ‘Streetpal‘.
Ambassador of the European Union to Egypt Ivan Surkoš reiterated the commitment of the EU and its Member States to ensuring girls’ and women’s physical and psychological well-being through empowering them and promoting their economic and social rights. “This is not a new endeavour. Promoting gender equality and women and girls empowerment are on top of the EU agenda,” he said.
The EU has been keen to strengthening girls’ and women’s voice and participation in the public sphere in full alignment with Egypt’s National Strategy for Women Empowerment (2030). “Our support to women’s empowerment in Egypt exceeded EUR 20 million worth of projects in economic and social development areas, in particular to prevent and combat violence against women.”
Ambassador Surkoš stressed that promoting safe access to public transport for women will help increase their presence in economic activities, leading to occupying more public space, seeing that the public transport options are safer and convenient.
“Let’s stand together to promote the rights of all women and girls in Egypt and around the world not just on this day, but all over the year,” he concluded.
The launch of the campaign coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is celebrated worldwide until December 10th.