Cairo, 20 Rabiul Akhir 1434/2 March 2013 (MINA) – The National Council for Women (NCW) has released details of a new law to adress violence against women in Egypt.

       According to Daily News Egypt monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)  the draft is being prepared in collaboration with civil society organizations.

       The daily media also reported that NCW meet president Mursi on Thursday (28/2) to discuss the challenges facing Egyptian women today. “The purpose of the meeting was to address violence against women both at home and at work,” said NCW in a press conference at the same day.

        NCW announced the draft which is instructed  by the Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil is expected to contain three chapters. First, the difference in terms of violence against women, such as the denial of inheritance, trade circumcision, forced marriage and the improper use of women’s bodies in advertising.

        The second chapter contains definitions of various forms of violence and sexual abuse. This section will also include provisions to ensure “the perpetrator of the crime is severely punished”, Which include the possibility of the death penalty “according to the circumstances of the case and the number of perpetrators”.

         The third chapter contains the necessary provisions for state efforts to encourage victims to report violence against themselves, including protection of victims and provision of any necessary rehabilitation services.

         A statement posted  by the presidential spokesman said NCW and Mursi  meeting discussed  the challenges facing Egypt and ways to overcome them, and the importance of joint efforts to promote the role of women in society.

         According to the release Mursi demanded the development of the “code of honor” of women in Egypt that defines the basic framework for the advancement of women’s role in society.

          NCW President Mervat Al-Tallawy council outlined plans for the future. According to the statement this plan included Egyptian women skills development, investment capacity of women, poverty reduction, providing legal protection and social and political as well as social empowerment of women”.

          Al-Tallawy also invited Mursi to hold a celebration  for women, which is scheduled in March.

          Morsi also met with the Egyptian delegation for the upcoming 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The session is scheduled to start on 4 March and will continue until 15 March at the UN headquarters in New York. The presidency confirmed that Egypt’s speech will be delivered by Morsi’s assistant for political affairs, Pakinam El Sharkawy.

         The president  stressed the importance of effective and positive participation of the Egyptian delegation at the session and to convey the true image of Egyptian culture and traditions.(T/P03/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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