Women, Business and the Law: World Bank Forum

Professor Mervat Abou Oaf participated in the forum about Women, Business and the Law discussion on law and women’s economic inclusion in Egypt organized by The World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law in collaboration with the Egyptian Government on Monday, 21 March 2016 at Conrad Hotel.

Speakers in the event included Asad Alam, Country Director, Arab Republic of Egypt, World Bank Group; H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation;
Chancellor Sana Khalil, Assistant Minister of Justice for Human Rights Affairs and former Chairman of the Legislative Committee and Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women (NCW). Discussions at the event addressed the role of NGOs in implementing litigations to ensure the constitutional rights of women: the experience of the South National Council for Women and the decisions of the Legislative Committee; the role of women in economic development and Egypt’s vision on strengthening women’s economic inclusion; the impact of women’s economic participation in social protection programs; the importance of incorporating gender in development projects; and how the National Council for Women is supporting the gender agenda in Egypt. In the discussion, Abou Oaf highlighted the media role required in emphasizing the dire need for Egyptian women’s economic participation and legal reforms necessary to implement their economic, political and legal empowerment.

“Women, Business and the Law measures how laws, regulations and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that may affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business. It provides data on legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies, covering seven areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit, going to court and protecting women from violence. This year’s report marks the 4th edition of the global Women, Business and the Law report series.
For more information about the Women, Business and the Law reports, please visit wbl.worldbank.org
International Conference ‘Towards Equal Opportunity and Eliminating Discrimination against Women in in the Administration of Justice’
In her capacity as a member in the National Council for Women, and as part of her consistent practice in attaining efforts exerted towards realizing equal judicial rights between women and men on political, social and cultural grounds in Egypt as preserved in the 2014 Constitution, Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf participated in the three-day-international conference entitled ‘Towards Equal Opportunity and Eliminating Discrimination against Women in in the Administration of Justice’ held by the Ministry of Justice and the National Council for Women, with the support of United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the generous contribution of the Embassy of Japan, 22-24 March 2016 in Marriott Hotel Zamalek Cairo.
This international judicial conference focused on gender equality in Egypt and was inaugurated by Counselor Magdy El Agaty, Minister of Legal and Parliamentarian Affairs and Acting Minister of Justice; Judge Ahmed Gamal El Din Abdel Latif, President of the Court of Cassation and President of the Supreme Judiciary Council; H.E. Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women; H.E. Ambassador Mervat Tellawy, Director-General of the Arab Women Organization and former NCW president; Mr. Ken Mukai, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan; Dr. Miwa Kato, UN Women Egypt Country Director; together with Mr. Masood Karimipour, UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa.
The conference highlighted the evolution of women’s status in the Egyptian Constitution to eliminate forms of discrimination against them. The status of women within the administration of justice was also addressed in the conference in which forms of discrimination against Egyptian women were identified. Discussions emphasized the urgent need of the unification of visions between all judicial actors in Egypt so that Egyptian women will be represented fairly and enjoy equal opportunities. The conference also aimed at establishing a legal mechanism to combat discrimination against women in all areas of justice administration and coordinated efforts to fast track the implementation of the constitutional provisions. Discussions included the historical development of women’s participation in the judiciary system in Egypt, and highlighted impediments they faced and accomplishments they realized. Recommendations were made advocating for women’s equal and full participation in the decision-making processes in judiciary, law enforcement and parliament practices in Egypt.

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Information Law and Ethics International Conference:

Professor Mervat Abou Oaf participated in the “7th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics” ICIL in Pretoria, South Africa. “Broadening the Horizons of Information Law and Ethics; A Time of Inclusion.” ICIL 2016 hosted 55 speakers from 22 different countries and from all five condiments so true to its title ‘A time for inclusion’. Besides Abou Oaf, speakers, participants and moderators in the ICIL 2016 conference are listed here. Abou Oaf submitted a research paper “Evolution of Media Law and Policy in Egypt.” The paper was delivered to professionals and academic in the legal and information fields precisely the right to information access. During the presentation of her research study, Abou Oaf elucidated that media law and policy together with the right to information have been focal concerns in present times. Constituents of media law including freedom of expression, censorship, advertising, confidentiality issues, contempt, copyright, as well as the most recent segment of the law that embraces information technology, Internet regulations and telecommunications, were also included in the dialogue. Another focal point discussed in this study is the regulatory and legal structures of media policy and their impact on freedoms of the press, expression and information in Egypt. The need of media policy and a reform of media approach towards women economical and political empowerment as comes in the 2014 Egyptian Constitution are also tackled.
Selected papers from ICIL 2016 will be published in a special volume of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer) and the International Journal of Technology Policy and Law (Inderscience publishers). Papers will be published in a separate volume of proceedings, in collaboration with an international publishing house. ICIL has published proceedings as printed volumes, distributed to ICIL speakers; for a list of the proceedings until today please
Please visit:
http://icil.gr/
European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) – http://www.cost.eu/participate/open_call

Professor Mervat Abou Oaf has been invited to join the COST Action Proposal OC-2016-1-20607 ” Personal information-driven markets and the European society ” as a Secondary Proposer. Abou Oaf will be contributing to the preparation of the primary proposal lead by the main Proposer, Dr José Luis Gómez-Barroso.

COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology (www.cost.eu) – is Europe’s longest-running intergovernmental framework for science and technology cooperation. COST funds the creation of collaborative and open networks called COST Actions (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions), bringing together knowledge communities from all over Europe.
Abou Oaf has been listed in the proposal as a Secondary Proposer, the Main Proposer is responsible for creating and coordinating the Network of Proposers, who can add or remove participations from the Network until the Collection Date.
The Main Proposer acts as the contact point with the COST Association and is responsible for editing the proposal. Abou Oaf is invited to give her input by contacting directly the Main Proposer, Dr José Luis Gómez-Barroso, at: jlgomez@cee.uned.es.
Personal data provided will be used in an anonymised and aggregated form to provide evaluators and other Proposers with information on the features of the Network of the Proposal.
COST will process the proposal and will work to produce statistics on COST activities. The personal data provide will neither be used for commercial purposes, nor shared with third parties.
All key documents related to the COST Action Proposal preparation can be found at http:// www.cost.eu/participate/open_call.

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Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Member:
Professor Mervat Abou Oaf has accepted the invitation to join the COST Action Proposal OC-2016-1-20607” Personal information-driven markets and the European society ” as a Secondary Proposer. Abou Oaf is the only academic representing Egypt in COST; she will be contributing to the preparation of the primary proposal lead by the main Proposer, Dr José Luis Gómez-Barroso, with her expertise in the area of media law, ethics, policy and regulations as well as with her proficiency in the area of women’s political, economical and societal empowerment in Egypt. In her capacity as a COST member Abou Oaf will be invited to attend and participate in COST held conferences, workshops and training sessions in the fields of her expertise.
COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology (www.cost.eu) – is Europe’s longest-running intergovernmental framework for science and technology cooperation. COST funds the creation of collaborative and open networks called COST Actions, bringing together knowledge communities from all over Europe, and extended to countries in the Middle East.
Abou Oaf has been listed in the proposal as a Secondary Proposer following the Main Proposer who acts as the contact point with the COST Association., while Abou Oaf is invited to give her input by contacting directly the Main Proposer, Dr José Luis Gómez-Barroso.
COST will process the proposal and will work to produce statistics on COST activities.
For more information, all key documents related to the COST Action Proposal preparation can be found at http:// www.cost.eu/participate/open_call.

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