KOICA and NCW Host “Empower Women, Prosper Together” Seminar
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) office in Egypt and the National Council for Women (NCW) recently held an annual knowledge-sharing seminar titled “Empower Women, Prosper Together”.
The Knowledge Sharing Seminar is a gathering for policy-oriented discourse where policy makers and government practitioners share their first-hand knowledge and experiences within their administration.
These government officials are alumni of KOICA CIAT programs that provide multi-year training programs including master’s degree programs in various sectors. This year’s event was even more special given the collaboration with the NCW.
This special edition of the seminar with the NCW marked the closing year of the country’s training program and the synthesis of achievements and feedback from previous action plans and lessons learned, which consequently contributed to strengthening capacities at the institutional level beyond individual agents. .
KOICA is a Korean government agency under the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs dedicated to implementing subsidy programs. KOICA aims to fight poverty and support sustainable socio-economic growth in developing countries around the world.
The event was attended by South Korean Ambassador to Cairo Hong Jin Wook, NCW President Maya Morsy, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister Hatem Hassouba and KOICA Egypt Country Director Jinyoung Kim.
Morsy welcomed the participants saying, “I would like to express my thanks to the sincere efforts of the Korean government for cooperating with NCW in providing the national training program for NCW officials over the past three years. The program has created a unique and strong partnership between the two countries.
“These types of partnerships bring mutual benefits for all, so we can always be ready for new programs that can be rolled out globally, from which we draw what suits our culture and our communities. Thanks to this, we can identify new terminologies and use them professionally. The more we know the technical details, the more discussions we can hold,” she concluded.
A long way to go for the empowerment of women
In his congratulatory speech, Hong said, “I would like to stress the importance of historical relations between Korea and Egypt, especially in the fields of culture and development.”
“There is a long way ahead of Korea and Egypt in terms of women’s empowerment. However, I hope that today’s seminar will be an opportunity for both countries to learn from each other, so that we can witness greater growth of our partnership in the period to come.” , he added.
The seminar featured inspirational presentations by four NCW officials who participated in the KOICA Masters Scholarship Program and three-year in-country training program.
Presentations covered several topics, including financial inclusion programs, women’s economic empowerment, the national family development project, and national laws and legislation on violence against women.
“The Korean and Egyptian governments have achieved a lot on the path to empowering women. We can witness a breakthrough in economic and cultural development,” Hassouba stressed.
“When we talk about women’s empowerment, we have to mention that throughout Egyptian history, women have held important leadership positions. However, when we talk about this issue at this time, we seek to realize the empowerment of women for the demands of the modern age.
For her part, Jinyoung said, “I have witnessed the growing power of accumulating and disseminating knowledge and the growing impact of this shared knowledge on the progress made towards achieving women’s empowerment and to gender equality through gender champions.”
National Financial Inclusion Program Director Angy Al-Yamany – one of five NCW alumni of the KOICA Masters Scholarship Program – said, “It was great to have the opportunity to share my experience in Korea, not to mention the NCW signing program. .”
She also introduced one of NCW’s financial inclusion programs, called the Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA).
The National Training Program on Gender Responsive Management Capacity Development was conducted from 2020 to 2022 consecutively, accommodating a total of 72 trainees from NCW.
The training was designed to increase the gender awareness of NCW officials and to strengthen gender sensitive organizations and governance capacities within the Egyptian government.
Throughout the training, participants developed action plans on topics such as women’s economic activities, ending female genital mutilation (FGM), and more.
Meanwhile, KOICA is also cooperating with NCW in implementing projects against violence against women and women’s economic empowerment with two UN agencies – UNFPA and UN Women.
Additionally, the Noura program was launched with the recognition of Intissar Al-Sisi and is one of KOICA’s efforts to support NCW activities through UNFPA.
“The Korean government will continue to work with NCW and the Egyptian government through KOICA to expand the scope of partnership and development.”