Planning minister: Women top Egypt’s sustainable development agenda

Friday, April 17, 2020

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala Al-Saeed affirmed that women are at the forefront of the sustainable development agenda "Egypt Vision 2030". The pivots of the agenda take into account gender considerations.

This came in a report issued by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development on April 17, 2020 on the basic items of the gender responsive budget with its three pivots: social protection, health care and employment.

The minister said, in the report, that the current status of women and the gains they obtained are the clearest evidence of the State’s recognition of the importance of women.

She added that Women are a powerful factor in achieving positive change by enhancing their social, economic and political empowerment, to participate hand-in-hand with men in building economic development.

The minister noted that the past years have witnessed a major transformation and greater participation of Egyptian women at all levels of decision-making.

She explained that 14% of the state’s public budget is directly earmarked to women's issues, as well as the indirect benefit from all health, educational, cultural and other services that all citizens benefit from.

With regard to the first pivot of the gender-responsive budget related to social protection, the report pointed to achieving remarkable growth in cash support to women, reaching LE 65.5 billion during the period 2015/2016 to 2019/2020 compared to the period 2010/2011 to 2014/2015. The percentage of growth in the number of families benefiting from cash support programs is 204% to reach 3.8 million households in 2019/2020.

While, the second pivot of the budget related to health care, the report indicated that there are 11.7 million female students benefiting from the health insurance system for school students, with financial allocations amounting to LE 1398 million during the period 2015/2016 to 2019/2020. Moreover, there are 830,000 beneficiaries of health insurance for the female heads of household, with financial allocations amounting to LE 663 million during the same period. Besides,15.8 million children under the school age are benefiting from the health insurance, with financial allocations amounting to LE 1139 million during the past five years, in addition to LE 12 billion for the treatment of female citizens at state expense.