Signing Ceremony: KOICA Multilateral Cooperation with UN Women and UNFPA


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The Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC) hosted today the signing ceremony of the Korea International Cooperation Agency’s (KOICA) 2021-2024 Multilateral Cooperation Program for Gender Equality in Egypt, to be implemented in collaboration with UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Council for Women.

This program comes in light of the Korean Government’s earlier announcement to designate Egypt as an official development assistance (ODA) priority partner country during the period of 2021-2025.

The signing ceremony brought together Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women, H.E. Ambassador Hong Jin-Wook, Korean Ambassador to Egypt, Ms. Frederika Meijer, Representative, UNFPA Egypt, Ms. Germaine Haddad, Assistant Representative, UNFPA, Ms. Christine Arab, Country Representative, UN Women Egypt, Ms.Gielan El-Messiri, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Egypt and Mr. OH Yeon Keum, Country Director, KOICA.

The Multilateral Cooperation Program includes the “Women’s Economic Empowerment in Egypt” project, implemented by UN Women in partnership with the National Council for Women.

The aim of this project is to enhance women’s economic empowerment by facilitating decent job opportunities, access to skills development and advocacy for creating an enabling environment in the community and the private sector through the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

The targeted governorates through this project are Beni Suef, Alexandria and Greater Cairo, and particular focus will be given to young women’s access to jobs.
The program also includes the “Preventing and Combating Gender Based Violence in Egypt” project, implemented by UNFPA in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Council for Women.

This project focuses on strengthening national protection and response systems and institutions in addressing gender-based violence and harmful practices, as well as enhancing youth-led community awareness and knowledge around combating gender-based violence and harmful practices.