For the First Time … Six Female Ministers in the Egyptian Cabinet

(Cairo, January 15th, 2018) ECWR expresses its welcome and support for the Parliament’s approval on the ministerial reshuffle yesterday, in which four different ministries were reshuffled, women’s share includes two ministers.

Women have received a half of the partial ministerial reshuffle. This reshuffle represents a shift in terms of increasing the number of female ministers, and the type of ministries. Inas Abdel-Dayem, who appointed as a Minister of Culture, and Rania El-Mashat, who appointed as a Minister of Tourism, are the first women to head their respective ministries in Egypt’s history.

Thus, the number of women ministers has become 6 women, of which 4 women ministers are already exist in the current Cabinet:

Dr. Hala Helmy Said Younis, Minister of Planning and Follow-up and Administrative Reform.

Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation

Dr. Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity

Dr. Nabila Makram, Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs

Which means that women’s share in the cabinet reshuffle becomes 17.6%.

Therefore, Nehad Aboul Komsan, ECWR’s chairwoman, emphasizes that this is a positive step towards the participation of women in various ministerial posts and truly engagement in the public policy-making and executive power. We hope that such steps entail other important steps.

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