Egypt: The 3rd Edition of the African Women’s Leadership Program

The third edition of the African Women Leadership Program (AWLP), organized by the Egyptian Agency for Development Partnership (EAPD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD) of the Ministry of Planning, was launched on Thursday 17-3-2022.

The program is aimed at 150 women in leadership positions through the ATINGO digital learning platform developed for African countries.

Dr Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development and Chair of the Board of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, said it is important to work to promote equal opportunities and integrating gender into government structures. She highlighted continued efforts to enhance the role of women in leadership positions and enhance their impact, and that women represent a source of economic vitality across Africa.

El-Said indicated the willingness of the Egyptian government to actively contribute to the development efforts of the African continent, which is one of its priorities, explaining that the empowerment of African women has become an integral part of the Egyptian government’s agenda. with the support of political leaders. She confirmed the launch of the African Women Leaders Program in its third edition, which is part of the conviction of the Ministry and the Institute in the leadership role of women in the development of the African continent.

For her part, Dr. Sherifa Sherif, Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD), pointed out that the Egyptian government has taken unprecedented steps to increase the representation of women, both in the public sector and in society as a whole.

She stressed the need to work to pave the way for women to increase their numbers in leadership positions across the African continent and to support the achievement of gender equality, with the belief that everyone has the right achieve equal levels of participation in leadership and decision-making. do without distinction of sex.

She also explained that the program stems from the Institute’s supporting role for capacity building on the African continent and based on the great success of the Egyptian government’s Women’s Executive Leadership Program, which has benefited a large number of women leaders in various Egyptian ministries and government agencies at the level of the various governorates of the Republic.

Ambassador Mohamed Khalil, Secretary General of the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development, said that the agency, as the development arm of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is honored to attend the launch of this version. of the “African Women Leaders Program”. organized by the agency in collaboration with the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development.

He stressed that women’s empowerment was and always will be a priority on the agenda of the Egyptian government, given the strong political support it enjoys, and that it is no longer a luxury or a luxury. a transformation, but rather an essential step to enable women to be included in the decision-making process at all its stages.

Ambassador Mohamed Khalil added that empowering women means giving them the right to choose, not forcing or restricting them with social, cultural, political or economic burden and that an essential part of this process is educating women, raising their awareness and building their capacities.

Ambassador Mohamed Khalil stressed that the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development is committed to prioritizing African women in its capacity building programs and training courses, believing that empowering women means empowerment. empowerment of the whole nation.

Dr. Hanan Rizk, Director of the African Development Center and Head of the Training Network for Management Institutes in Africa (Tanmia), said that the African Women Leaders Program stands out from other training programs that work on qualifying women leaders. female executives, because not only does it provide an integrated plan to develop individual and practical skills with the latest training methods.

Mara R. Wilmoth