“Integrating women's social and economic rights in Egypt’s constitutional reform process” -Cairo – Egypt, 18 – 19 September 2013

Wed, 09/18/2013

CRTD.A organized a two-day workshop in Cairo, Egypt in cooperation with the New Women Foundation on the subject of “integrating women's social and economic rights in Egypt’s constitutional reform process”. The event was held on the 18th and 19th of September 2013 in parallel to the Egyptian 2013 constitutional reform. Some 120 persons attended the event including the network of SEOW2 core partners in Egypt alongside a regional participation from Morocco and Yemen and representatives from political parties, civil society organizations and the media. Specialists, university professors, political figures, researchers and activists were amongst the invited speakers and panelists.

The proposed workshop aimed at contributing to strengthening women-led initiatives to ensure that the constitutional reform process is based on the recognition of gender equality and is explicit on the ways in which women’s social and economic rights will be included and protected in the text of the Constitution.

The proceedings of the workshop included an introductory session describing the Constitutional reform process in Egypt followed by an in-depth review of the conceptual framework for a Constitutional reform based on the principles of gender equality and social justice, a review of strategies, and an overview of the case of Morocco and other successful cases from around the world. On the second day, the workshop zoomed in on key issues, actors and related processes currently taking place leading to the development of a common platform for integrating women’s economic rights in the process based on various experiences in which participants were involved.

Main conclusions and recommendations stressed on the importance of having a constitution that reflects the fundamental principles of the 2011 revolution, and that embodies social rights and gender equality. Participants agreed to meticulously monitor the work of the Committee of Fifty entrusted with the task of drafting the Constitution while engaging in a participatory and inclusive consultation process.