Since its inception in 2009, before the revolution of January shortly Foundation Cairo Development and the law, in Egypt, which is working with several organizations dealing with women's issues, especially the prevention of violence against women, the young and groups that were created in 2011 in the wake of the Egyptian revolution. A few groups working on these issues, has worked on CFDL almost every element of the rights of women.
One CFDL’s main focuses is on violence against women, particularly sexual violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), and rape. Drawing upon their existing relationships with Egyptian women, CFDL began mentoring and observing the subject. The findings of their research showed that violence against women tends to be well-organized and calculated, intent on terrorizing women and limiting their presence in the public sphere.
CFDL seeks to present basic legal services for women through the Legal Aids Unit, which represents victims of violence against legally in more than 250 lawsuits annually on behalf of survivors of violence of any form whatsoever, in addition to providing the necessary legal advice to women through the hotline. Further, the organization analyses and edits laws that do not guarantee gender equality through its extensive network of strong partnerships with the official institutions, civil society organizations, political parties, and independent politicians. The organization has succeeded through its campaign ''Egyptians between discrimination and exclusion from citizenship'', which has been launched in 2010 to get the approval of the Egyptian government in 2011 on the granting of the Egyptian nationality to children of Palestinian fathers.
CFDL also works with journalists and lawyers, giving them training in international and Egyptian resolutions regarding violence against women. A competition called Salamah & Amman (Safety and Security), aims at countering violence against women. Both male and female journalists are invited to write subjectively on this subject, which isn’t as logical as it sounds. Discriminatory views are very much ingrained in all Arab societies and can easily lead to contradictory statements by both genders. El Saeed: “Here’s an example of a headline: ‘An old lady abandons her children and leaves her home’. How can she be an old lady with small children.”
Last year, in the Official campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, CFDL teamed up with The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (eipr) and Tadwien Center for Gender Studies to issue The theme of this year, which marks the 24th years of this campaign, is education “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All.”
In response to increasing pressures, the government launched the national strategy to combat violence against women in June 2015. A facilitation and an executive committee were created to review laws and administration decisions and to monitor and implement the plan, respectively. Although CFDL is one of the few civil society organizations to have been invited to provide input into the process, the committees are mostly composed of government bodies. CFDL has not yet been given access to review the final draft of the strategy. In light of this, and in an effort to develop a comprehensive and holistic national strategy,CFDL has worked now with another egyptian organizations to develop a more effective national strategy, including suggestions on the general framework, the role of state institutions and implementation.
“8"8th of March” Protest: After the revolution, CFDL as a members in alliance of Egyptian women's organizations started working more closely with women to promote their presence in the public sphere. Part of this effort included collaborating with other organizations such as the New Woman Foundation(NWF),the Centre for Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA), , El Nadeem Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, and Nazra for Feminist Studies) around the March 8th protest marking international women’s day. Being involved in this event brought CFDL closer to the women activists on the street that had begun their activism with the start of the Revolution. Through this experience, CFDL managed to establish direct contact with victims of mob assaults. In an effort to educate the world about what was happening to these women,we collected testimonies from victims and created sexual attacks,online booklets to highlight the horrendous nature of these mob The organization also has been a key partner in the provision of legal assistance in the proceedings of mass sexual violence that took place against Egyptian women in Tahrir Square in 2014.2013, through which it succeeded with El Nadeem Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, and Nazra for Feminist Studies to get severe judgments against offenders up to 25 years in prison.
Collaboration as a Cornerstone for Pushing for Women’s Rights:
CFDL recognizes that it is important to push for change on women’s rights through collaboration and collective power. As such, engaging with like-minded organizations in Egypt and in the region is a cornerstone of their approach to ensuring women’s rights and equality. To this end they have a number of partnerships and actively participate in several Egyptian networks, including:
1- Alliance of women's organizations in Egypt and consists of 15 women's non-governmental organization which New Woman Foundation(NWF),the Centre for Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA),El Nadeem Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, and Nazra for Feminist Studies cares alliance role of women in modern democracy building Egypt's civilian and can include Alliance Last organizations and public figures approved by the alliance. Alliance seeks to provide women Musharraf model for collective action is able to inspire the wider circles of the participants in the general work of those who are looking to establish a democratic civil state. The coalition is seeking to take its decisions by consensus and a democratic way.
2- Members in Euro-Mediterranean Women'sFoundation, the Foundation is a unique and participative Euro-Mediterranean network which:
- Recognises civil society as the real motor of change that stir the academia, the governments and the private sector to improve, women’s conditions.
- Analyses women’s local realities and public policies through, consultations and dialogues at a grass-roots level.
- Launches initiatives on the ground aimed at empowering women, and reinforcing the actors’ capacities in advocacy.
- Provides useful documentation and resources related to gender equality in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
- Promotes inspiring practices and transfers lessons learned in the field of women’s rights.
3-One of the founding members of the Egyptian Union of Human
Rights Organizations young
(Young Organizations Network)
Is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization that seeks to spread and support the culture of human rights and the achievement of comprehensive development in the Egyptian society through its activities and programs..Network believes in the principle of equality and non-discrimination on grounds of race, religion, color or sex between members of the community in rights and duties, in an important and historic gesture of a number of Egyptian human rights organizations have agreed on the establishment of a union between a young human rights organizations, it comes the purpose of the establishment of this union is to support Egyptian civil society system through enhancing the concept of partnership between the organizations members of the Union.
Finally as a result of the efforts of the organization to provide the necessary legal assistance to women, it has been nominated for the award, Global Stars Foundation on combating violence against women in 2014, as well as the nomination of Ms. Intsar Saeed, the organization's Chairperson of the Board of Trustees to the world award of Lawyers for Lawyers in 2015 along with 32 lawyers worldwide as an appreciation to her efforts in combating sexual violence against women in Egypt.