HI works in Egypt to improve the daily lives of people with disabilities and to champion their rights. HI’s activities foster greater social and economic inclusion of women, youth and youth with disabilities, in particular those living in urban and suburban areas.
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Actions in process
HI is collaborating with disabled people’s organisations in Egypt to build their capacity to defend their rights and monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Particular attention is paid to the representation of women with disabilities.
HI works alongside employment support services and businesses to improve employment opportunities for youth with disabilities and to ensure appropriate working conditions.
The organisation works with authorities to improve access of children to health and early detection of disabilities among toddlers. It intervenes among migrants and refugees to identify children with disabilities and ensure their rights to health and education.
HI also takes action to limit the negative impact of the COVID pandemic on the most vulnerable population.
Situation of the country
Since the end of 2016, the country has descended into a large economic and social crisis. 30% of the population live under the poverty line. Furthermore, The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation.
Many sectors were affected by the containment measures, such as tourism, industry and commercial outlets. The situation is unpredictable and civil society organisations need continued support.
During the last decade, members of the Movement for the Rights of People with Disabilities, along with other stakeholders in Egyptian society, have all expressed their desire for change. They have successfully campaigned for the establishment of the National Council on Disability Affairs in 2012. But Egypt remains a country where people with disabilities are overlooked.
Number of HI staff members: 28
Date the programme opened: 2007