News

Moushira Khattab Becomes First Female President of Egypt’s Human Rights Council

mm
Moushira Khattab Becomes First Female President of Egypt’s Human Rights Council

The Egyptian House of Representatives announced on Monday 4 October its decision to appoint Ambassador Moushira Khattab as the new president of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR). The decision marks the first time a woman has been selected to lead the NCHR since its establishment in 2003.

Egyptian politician and high-level diplomat Khattab previously served as Egypt’s former Minister of Family and Population, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Vice Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. She was Egypt’s first Ambassador to Nelson Mandela’s South Africa between 1994 and 1999, and served as Egypt’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Slovakia during their formation between 1992 and 1994.

In a statement on Facebook, Khattab thanked the Egyptian parliament, its head, and its members for selecting her to lead the NCHR. “What an honor. I am deeply humbled,” she said, following the announcement.

Maya Morsi, President of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW), also congratulated Khattab for becoming the first woman to hold this position.

Alongside Khattab, Morsi noted 11 women have also been selected to form the 27-member NCHR committee.

Moushira is a strong activist for multiple human rights causes such as human trafficking, child marriage among others. She has also worked on and advocated against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual abuse, and more. In 2013, Khattab ranked third among the five greatest human rights activists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics.

NCHR strives to “protect, promote, and develop human rights in Egypt under the provisions of the Constitution”.

Subscribe to the Egyptian Streets’ weekly newsletter! Catch up on the latest news, arts & culture headlines, exclusive features and more stories that matter, delivered straight to your inbox by clicking here.

Egypt Announces the Third Fuel Price Increase of 2021
How Tabdeel is Empowering Young Egyptian Women One Bicycle at a Time

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
mm

A journalism graduate from the American University in Dubai who is curious, spontaneous, and often rebellious, Marina is a passionate Cairo-based journalist who aspires to become one of the most influential women in the Middle East. She likes to follow her heart and express that through words; her favorite form of expression.

More in News

Perusing Books Amidst a Pandemic: the Cairo Book Fair to Offer Vaccinations for Attendees

Mariam Zakzouk25 January 2022

Surge in Egyptian Expat Remittances Offer Signs of Economic Stability

Ibrahim Abdou24 January 2022

‘We’ve Been Strategic Partners for the Last 40 Years’: Interview with US Ambassador to Egypt

Marina Makary23 January 2022

President Sisi Orders Bonuses for Teachers, Medical Interns and Public Sector Employees

Egyptian Streets19 January 2022

Israeli Forces Demolish the Salhiya Family Home in Sheikh Jarrah

Fadila Khaled19 January 2022

Egyptian Researcher Wins Award for Best Cancer Research in Germany

Farah Rafik19 January 2022

Cairo’s International Book Fair Returns for its 53rd Edition

Farah Rafik18 January 2022

Sawsan Badr to Recieve Award at 6th Aswan International Women Film Festival

Farah Rafik18 January 2022