Egypt, U.S. Confer on Domestic Violence

Campaign poster from Egypt: Break the Silence...Say no to violence. 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence campaign
A delegation of social welfare officials from Egypt visited HRSA Headquarters on September 27 for a briefing on HRSA's two-year campaign to stop domestic violence. Egypt's National Council for Women has been engaged in a decade-long campaign to curb gender-based violence, which increasingly is being criminalized for the first time.

 

HRSA Deputy Administrator Brian LeClair (center) -- with (back row center, from left) Christina Lachance, CDR Nancy Mautone-Smith and OWH Dir. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp -- briefed the delegates on HRSA programs and efforts to address domestic violence in the U.S.
HRSA Deputy Administrator Brian LeClair (center) -- with (back row center, from left) Christina Lachance, CDR Nancy Mautone-Smith and Office of Women's Health Director Sabrina Matoff-Stepp -- briefed the delegates on HRSA programs and efforts to address domestic violence in the U.S. A pressing legislative and social concern across much of the Middle East, protection of women's rights is seen as pivotal to future economic investment in the region, as envisioned in the U.N.'s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development HRSA Exit Disclaimer

 

"Violence against women represents a violation of both the religious and cultural values of the Egyptian people," said then-Prime Minister Dr. Ibrahim Mehleb upon the release of Egypt's National Strategy for Combating Violence Against Women HRSA Exit Disclaimer in June 2015. "Such acts are an aggression against women's dignity, legal and social status. They are likewise a deviation from the traditions and customs of the Egyptian people."

The Egyptian Strategy recognizes that the prevalence of violence against women is high. According to data collected in 2005, nearly half of married Egyptian women reported having experienced violence in their marriages, and 45 percent reported being victimized by men other than their husbands.

HRSA's Intimate Partner Violence Strategy (PDF - 428 KB) reports similar findings in various American subpopulations: 45 percent of Black women and 48 percent of Native American and Alaska Native women have experienced sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by a partner in their lifetimes -- compared to 18 percent of Asian women, 34 percent of Hispanic women, and 37 percent of White women. And homicide is a common cause of death for pregnant women.

Further, partner violence has been linked to a range of chronic health conditions, substance use disorder and suicide.

Among measures to halt the violence proposed by the Office of Women's Health (OWH) is training the health care workforce across programs in BPHC, HAB and MCHB to recognize, screen and intervene when patients exhibit signs of trauma.

OWH is convening an Oct. 10 summit with bureau and office leaders to discuss the current status of the IPV Strategy, as well as future phases of the initiative. The office also is consulting with other agencies on adopting the strategy in their own programs. October is National Domestic Violence Month.

The Egyptian delegation visited HRSA under the auspices of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and included: Attorney Amira Mahmoud Moatamad Delrahman; Alzhraa Aboaly Mohamed, General Directorate for Women Affairs; Marwa Nabil Elsayed Ali Adam, Social Worker, Ministry of Social Solidarity; Magdi Noshi Bekhit Beshay, Field Coordinator, Ending Violence Against Women, Jesuits and Brothers Association for Development; Rania Ahmed Abdelaal Hassan Elnienaey, Shelter Supervisor; Amany Fathy Attia Elhennawy, Social Worker; Gehad Osama Mohamed El-Zarka, Case Manager; Duaa Hassan Moslem, Evaluation and Accountability Officer;  Nadia Reyad Ahmed Zeyada, Project Management Specialist, Ministry of Social Solidarity.

​Need help? Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline HRSA Exit Disclaimer :1-800-799-7233

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2019