Giza has become the first governorate in Egypt to include a special zone for women and girls, following in the framework of the United Nations, which aims to create safe cities free of violence against them.
Recently inaugurated by Giza’s governor Mohamed al-Daly, the zone is located within the suburb of Imbaba.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has funded the zone as part of the United Nations Women’s Authority in cooperation with the Egyptian National Council for Women.
According to Al-Ahram, the program aims to empower women and girls socially, helping them to confront harassment and creating safe spaces in public for them.
The zone features a girl’s park designed to allow them to practice many activities safely and freely.
Manal Awad, Deputy Governor of Giza for Community Service and Environmental Development, has said in media statements that the project came about as implementation for the Empowerment of Women 2030 national strategy, prepared by the National Council for Women.
The strategy seeks to provide better integration of women and girls in urban areas, making cities and public spaces safer for them.
Besides the zone’s inauguration, an exhibition of handicraft projects for women and girls have been established, alongside various awareness seminars that will take place regularly inside the area, according to Al-Ahram.
Cities participating in the UN Global Initiative are committed to taking measures to ensure that women and girls are socially, economically and politically empowered in public places and protected from all forms of violence.