An initiative has been launched in the northern Delta town of Kafr al-Sheikh, some 143km north of Cairo, to facilitate the issuance of ID cards for women, free of charge.
The initiative, launched under the title “Your Card, Your Rights” aims at providing underprivileged women with official identity documents. Many of these women have no official documents because of poverty or ignorance. The initiative especially targets breadwinner women and the very poor, in order to put them in a position where they could apply for State pensions and benefits, and obtain all social and legal rights.
The initiative was launched by the National Council for Women (NCW) in Kafr al-Sheikh, and is sponsored by Gamal Noureddin, Kafr al-Sheikh Governor; and Maya Morsy, President of the NCW. It is carried out under supervision of Amany Shaker, curator of the council’s headquarters in Kafr al-Sheikh.
The move comes within the framework of a protocol signed between the Civil Status Authority, the National Council for Women, and Kafr al-Sheikh Governorate.
Dr Shaker thanked Governor Noureddin for providing the vehicles to carry the officers to the women in villages, and to make home visits to women too old or sick to go to town. She said that, since July 2021, the NCW managed to get 11,000 ID cards issued for women. The total ID cards issued so far number 68,000.
8 August 2022