As part of its mission to highlight the roles of female leaders or individuals who make positive change in their communities, both at the political and social levels, the National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms has recently launched the campaign ‘’ They are the hope for tomorrow’’ which consisted in conducting a public vote on ‘’March 2018 women of the year’’. The campaign ended by the election of Um El Ezz Brik from Mersa Matruh Governorate as ‘’Woman of the Year’’.
Between 1 and 28 February 2018, the public had the chance to vote for its favorite female public figure among 10 candidates through the website of NADRF where more than 10,000 people from different governorates participated. This heavy participation in the voting process reflected the public support for women´s engagement and contribution to public life.
The results of the first four most voted female leaders were as follows:
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 Europe and Foreign Affairs 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.