The solution was initiated in 2012 to ensure the women's basic right to citizenship during the democratic transition in Egypt by issuing the national identity cards (ID Cards) to poor and marginalized women in the rural areas and consequently, to improve the access to civil, social and economic rights.
The Women Social Initiative leads to:
- Access of women and rural dwellers to the basic right of citizenship
- Increase of women`s political participation
- Promote the gender-sensitive mechanisms of public service delivery
- The raised awareness of women about the right of citizenship and the links between the citizenship and access to the public services.
The Initiative is aimed to issue 2 million National ID cards for those Egyptian women living in marginalized areas through the mobile registrars of the Ministry of State for Administrative Development. The civil registration will enable women to cast a ballot in the voting polls and seek membership in political parties and access the public services such as medical care in the public health facilities, literacy programs, employment opportunities, registration of property rights, banking services and loan programs.
Since 2012, over 230,000 women and rural dwellers across 12 Egyptian governorates have been registered by the mobile registrar units to have the right to be a citizen and to be eligible to vote. Women in the Greater Cairo and the Upper Egypt are more aware of their citizenship`s rights due to a fully-fledged TV and Radio campaign that included five Public Service Announcements aired at the prime time hours on the State TV with a reach out to more than 2 million viewers.
The campaign made the significant contribution to awareness raising among targeted women about the benefits of holding the ID Card, and urged women to claim the ID Cards in the process of the mobile civil registration in villages. The Women Citizenship Initiative serves as a model for promoting gender responsive delivery of public services through its technical support for the Government to send mobile registrar units and establish mapping and coordination mechanisms in the MSAD which focus on delivery of the public services to women.
The Citizenship Initiative project has been developed by UN Women in partnership with UNDP, the Ministry of State for Administrative Development (MSAD), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Civil Status Organization (CSO) and the Social Fund for Development (SFD). The Citizenship Initiative also involves the National Council for Women (NCW) and several NGOs, including the Red Crescent of Egypt, and the Association of Girls Guides and Girls Scouts
The Ministry of State for Administrative Development of Egypt
Mr. Tarkek Saad