Alliance For Arab Women

Egypt

 

A group of women and men from the Arab region have felt that in spite of the existing concern for the problems and issues related to women, a number of problems still stand without a solution. Many of these cut across the Arab countries due to common heritage and culture. The role of the Arab women in the development process can be greatly enhanced through addressing these problems. In view of the above, the need was evident for anew structure to deal with the problems and issues of Arab women on the local and regional level. Therefore the Alliance for Arab Women was established and registered with the ministry of Social Affairs.

The Alliance for Arab Women AAW is a voluntary organization registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs in 1987 under No. 154. It has its secretarial in Cairo and several branches in upper and Lower Egypt governorates. It has a consultative status with the UN ECOSOC

Basic principles:

-  1.. The basic problem facing the Arab women is the imbalance between her responsibilities and her rights. She has no access to conditions and facilities necessary to carry her responsibilities.

-  2.. Women’s issues are not exclusively her own and should be addressed within a wider context by both women and men. Membership of the Alliance is therefore opened to both sexes.

-  3.. The problems of women and children are many times intricate and should be managed within such understanding.

-  4.. There are groups of Arab women who experience more disadvantages than others. Those who are privileged should work together with the disadvantages to support the letter and achieve common goals.

AAW has certain characteristics including:

-  1.. Its membership includes both sexes and non-Egyptians.

-  2.. Although most of its activities are carried out inside Egypt, yet it works in partnership with other NGOs in the Arab region. It was the regional coordinator for NGOs during the preparation for the international Conference for women in Beijing.

-  3.. It works within the framework of human rights with special emphasis on political, legal, and economic rights.

-  4.. All its activities are implemented in partnership with other NGOs, the Government, and academic institution. It mobilizes a wide range of organizations to participate in its activities.

Goals and Objectives

For a better future and in order to improve the present situation of the Arab woman, and through enhancing her role in the family and the community, the Alliance aims to achieve the following objectives:

-  1.. Review and document the studies on women’s issues and undertake new ones whenever necessary so as to understands the needs of women on the country and regional level.

-  2.. Advocate models of programmes and services relevant to the real needs of Arab women particularly those of the disadvantaged group.

-  3.. Organize training programmes to improve the socio-economic status of women and to enable them to deal effectively with various institutions.

-  4.. Convene different kinds of meetings for exchanging experiences among those concerned and involved in Arab women’s issues and for raising the awareness of the Arab region about there issues.

-  5.. Disseminate the knowledge, the skills and the attitudes, which will improve the various patterns of behaviour within the Arab family.

-  6.. Establish relationships with the various organizations concerned with the problems of women.

The Structure

AAW has a general assembly of about 200 members and a board of directors of 15 elected members. It employs a very small number of staff but well qualified for the activities it carries. AAW has built a structure of about 350 NGOs spread through Egypt that participate in implementing the AAW projects. Each governorate has an NGO as a focal points in their respective governorates. The AAW provides technical assistance and sometimes seed money for the NGOs working with it.

Summary of AAW Activities:

-  Beijing Follow up Project:

The AAW work with the established structure of 350 NGOs to implement the Beijing Platform of Action with a focus on:

1.. The human rights of the girl child.

2.. The rights of female heads of households.

3.. Closing the gap between the two sexes in terms of access to community services.

-  The Legal Literacy Project:

The project aims at providing women with information and interpretation of the different legislations that affect their lives in the different fields. The target groups include women leaders in NGOs, university students and working women.

-  The Legal Watch Project:

The project aims at collecting data from the courts about cases filed in the area of family disputes and the courts’ rulings. The data is being used to illustrate the difficulties which women have to encounter to exercise their legal rights. The project also is used to advocate the appointment of females as judges and to influence the attitude of the society in favour of women human rights.

-  Women Participation in Decision-making Project

This Project Includes Several Activities:

1.. Encouraging women to obtain their voting cards.

2.. Raising women’s awareness about the importance of exercising their political rights effectively.

3.. Assisting women candidates for political structure.

4.. Training women members in the local councils to play their roles effectively.

5.. Identifying women who can be candidates for the coming elections of the peoples’ Assembly.

-  Schools Social Work Project

The AAW works with a group of schools in urban slums to assist children who need financial support. Meals are also provided to some school beside cultural activities. The project intensifies its activities during the summer when it links with Mrs. Mubarak’s project of " Reading for All ".

The Documentation Unit

The AAW has established a library and a data base on Egyptian NGOs. It will collect data on women status to monitor the changes in such status and to use the data in planning its activities and for advocating purposes. The above mentioned projects are carried out in cooperation with the Social fund, the Netherlands Government, konrad Adenauer Foundation, the European Community and the National Council for Negro Women.

Mailing Address:
28 Adly St., Apt #74, Downtown
Cairo Egypt

Phone Number: 202-3939899
Fax Number:202-3936820
Email: aaw@link.com.eg
Chairperson : Dr. Hoda Badran Branches: Ismailia, Assiut, Alexandria, Munufiya, New Valley, Port Said, Minia



30th December 2004



 



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