The Opportunities for Women in Agribusiness Project (OWAP) is a Canadian-funded gender equality project in Egypt, implemented by Alinea International. Over five years the project aims to increase women’s economic empowerment by creating the conditions for women to increasingly benefit from the agribusiness sector both as entrepreneurs and employees of established companies.

As part of this innovative project, OWAP is collaborating with the National Council for Women to guide companies through the process that was developed by the World Bank and the Egyptian National Council For Women, to promote gender equity in the private sector. The main premise behind this certification process is to make the workspace more hospitable to women through a set of gender-sensitive policies such as access to childcare, flexible work arrangements, safe working space, and anti-discrimination and sexual harassment policies.

The Chamber of Food Industries (CFI), the official representative of the Egyptian food industry with a member base of more than 2,500 companies, will cooperate with OWAP to promote EGES certification to member companies.

On August 11, 2022, to acknowledge this important partnership Mr. Harjit Sajjan, Canadian Minister of International Development and Mr. Louis Damas, Canadian Ambassador to Egypt hosted an event at the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt. The event was also attended by the Mr. Ashraf El Gazayerli, Chairman of the Chamber of Food Industry, Ms. Naglaa Adly, Manager of International Relations, the National Council for Women and Mr. Khaled Shedeed, OWAP Project Manager.

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The CFI Chairman signed the cooperation agreement with the OWAP Project Manager.