In an event, last week under the EU Support to Egypt’s National Population Strategy project, Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, and Patriarch of the See of St Mark signed three declarations to support family planning and combat female genital mutilation (FGM) as well as confirm a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of violence against women.
“We reject violence against women, in all its forms,” Pope Tawadros II said at the event.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, lauded the outstanding commitment of Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, and Patriarch of the See of St Mark, for the strong messages and actions to support family planning as well as to fight all forms of Violence Against Women in general and Female Genital Mutilations in particular. “I commend every significant effort exerted to combat all forms of violence against women in particular the ones led by the National Council for Women, line ministries, religious institutions in Egypt like the Coptic Church and Al Azhar, UN Organisations, and civil society for their avid commitment and strong actions towards an environment free from gender-based violence,” he said.
The EU Support to Egypt’s National Population Strategy project aims to increase the use of voluntary, rights-based family planning, with the support of an EU-grant of €27 Million.
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.