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“Incentives and penalties” … Details of the government’s plan to control population growth

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Implementing one million micro-enterprises and owning productive assets for women

Providing non-financial services to women to improve their economic empowerment opportunities

Training of 2 million women in project management, digital literacy and financial inclusion

Training one million women in entrepreneurship and education

Equipping 200 sewing operators attached to the integrated hospitals in 16 governorates

The issuance of a law criminalizing underage marriage and increasing the penalties for early marriage and child labor

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, chaired a meeting today to review the final vision of the national strategy to control population growth “2021-2023”.

The Prime Minister indicated that the meeting comes as a continuation of the discussions on the file of controlling population growth, reaching the final vision of the national strategy to deal with this file, the mechanisms for its implementation, and the costs of its items, in preparation for presentation to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic.

He emphasized that all the efforts exerted in this framework aimed at dealing with the most important challenges facing development, namely the population increase, which negatively affects development returns and the quality of life of citizens.

Dr. Amira Tawadros, Director of the Demographic Center, during her presentation of the executive plan for the National Strategy for Controlling Population Growth “2021-2023”, indicated that the general goal of the strategy depends on controlling the population growth of the Arab Republic of Egypt in order to improve the quality of life of the Egyptian citizen, by reducing the rate of Childbirth to reach 2.4 children per woman by 2030 while improving population characteristics.

She said that the strategy’s sub-goals include empowering women in the age group from 18 to 45 years to work, earn a livelihood and financial independence, and work to reduce the unmet need for family planning methods and make them available for free to all.

In addition to raising the Egyptian citizen’s awareness of the basic concepts of the population issue and the social and economic effects of population increase, as well as smart access to the targeted women to provide service and facilitate service delivery, follow-up and evaluation, as well as setting up a legislative and regulatory framework governing the policies taken to control population growth.

During the meeting, Tawadros reviewed the axes of the executive plan for the strategy of controlling population growth, explaining that with regard to the goal of empowering women in the age group of 18 to 45 years to work, gain livelihood and financial independence, the plan includes a number of activities to achieve this goal, including the implementation of one million final projects. Being young, owning productive assets for women in the age group of 18-35 years, and providing them with non-financial services to improve their chances of success and empower them economically.

In addition to training two million women in the age group of 18-45 years in project management, digital literacy and financial inclusion, and qualifying them for the labor market according to investment opportunities in each governorate.

In addition to training one million women on entrepreneurship and education, as well as equipping and operating 200 sewing operators attached to integrated hospitals in 16 governorates, and productive training on the line of medical textiles to meet hospitals’ needs.

With regard to working to reduce the unmet need for women from family planning methods and making them available free of charge to all, Dr. Amira Tawadros explained that the implementation plan includes working to raise the target to 75% of the total number of women, in addition to working to increase the participation of NGOs that provide family planning services to reach To 400 NGOs and providing them with these means, as well as training 2000 doctors and nursing staff working in the field of family planning from service providers in partner NGOs on the standards agreed upon in this regard.

She explained that with regard to raising the Egyptian citizen’s awareness of the basic concepts of the population issue and the social and economic effects of the population increase, this will be done through the formulation of cultural messages that are broadcast through awareness campaigns, in coordination with the Ministry of State for Information.

In addition, 12 million home visits, 30,000 seminars and 500 street theater events will be carried out, targeting 6 million women in the governorates that represent the most needy.

Citizen awareness raising activities include targeting the awareness of one million young men and women about correct childbearing concepts and behaviors through the “Mawaddah” program, training 10,000 religious leaders on the concepts of the population issue, and disseminating a religious discourse to raise awareness of the population issue.

In addition to producing awareness-raising content for mothers and fathers on the concept of family planning from the perspective of children’s rights, as well as story circles, the “Intergenerational Dialogue” and “Interactive Theater” program, raising awareness through the Child Rescue System, sending direct messages to the targeted groups, and including educational content on concepts and dimensions The population issue in the curricula of the Ministry of Education, the production of plays that discuss the population issue, and the launch of the “I am Responsible” campaign for males in Egyptian public universities.

She added that the activities related to the smart access to the targeted women to provide the service and facilitate service delivery, follow-up and evaluation, include the automation of family planning services and building an integrated database on these services, provided that the ministries of health and social solidarity do this, so that integration is achieved between the databases of each of the initiatives Presidential 100 million health, women’s health, and the “Solidarity and Dignity” database at the Ministry of Solidarity.

In addition to implementing other activities that include automating family planning services, and building on the program currently being developed at the Ministry of Health; With the aim of serving 5,400 fixed family planning units nationwide, linking medical convoys and integrated hospital units, and optimizing the use of resources according to actual need.

She indicated that this also includes continuous monitoring of population indicators and characteristics at the level of the Republic, as well as automating the follow-up and evaluation of the National Family Planning Project to periodically evaluate performance, through the National Population Council and the Demographic Center at the Ministry of Planning, to study and define the required inputs and outputs, as well as establishing a system A detailed electronic course specially to measure the impact of the project’s interventions.

Dr. Amira Tawadros concluded her speech by establishing a governing legislative and regulatory framework for the policies taken to control population growth. The Ministry of Justice will review and follow up the laws presented to the House of Representatives regarding the enforcement of the law of marriage age, the issuance of a law criminalizing the marriage of minors, as well as the increase in the penalty for early marriage for girls provided that it includes the father or guardian, and the punishment for child labor will be increased, provided it includes the father or Guardian.

The article “Incentives and Penalties” .. Details of the government’s plan to control population growth was written in Al-Borsa newspaper.

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