Badr Al-Tawayel Association is working hard to address a wide spread phenomenon in Egypt in general, and in upper Egypt countryside in particular, where women are deprived of their inheritance. This phenomenon is due to the customs and traditions prevailing in these areas, although the Egyptian law guarantees gender equality in relation to the right in obtaining inheritance and property management.
Within this context, the Association recently concluded a big campaign in which it mobilized public opinion in a number of villages and towns in Sohag governorate to address this unfair practice against women, through the organization of a number of seminars and workshops targeting more than 1,300 young men and women. Participants were informed about the laws and legislations that protect women’s right to inheritance and the negative effects of depriving women of this right. The Association has also mobilized more than 17 parliamentarians who have committed themselves to facilitating women’s access to their inheritance.
On the other hand, two committees have been formed: 1) A media committee to mobilize the local public opinion, and highlight the campaign and its goals in order to pressure government officials to ensure that women have access to their right to inheritance; 2) A legal committee to support women who are deprived of their right to inheritance through peaceful settlement of disputes. In fact, more than 87 disputes were peacefully settled during the project period, while the committee assisted another 26 women in filing inheritance claims.
The Association also mobilized civil society organizations and a number of influential community figures, in addition to Muslim and Christian religious figures, in a number of villages and towns of Sohag in favor of the campaign. It was also agreed to allocate sermons on the right of women in inheritance, in mosques over three consecutive weeks in cooperation with the Directorate of Waqf in Sohag, who also agreed to allocate a monthly sermon for a whole year.
The campaign was implemented within the framework of the CSO WINS project "Capacity building in Southern Mediterranean to open policy dialogue and monitoring for women in society" funded by the European Union, in synergy with the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation.
Within the same project, a number of meetings were held with a representative of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) to exchange experiences related to advocacy campaigns and promotion of gender equality. The meetings took place in Egypt.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.