Dr. Moushira Khattab: Advocating for Girls and Women

Dr. Moushira Khattab: Advocating for Girls and Women

Moushira Khattab is a Former Ambassador of Egypt to Italy and South Africa.

She currently leads the women foreign policy group at the Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs and is a Visiting Professor on gender issues and human rights at Perugia University in Italy. At the Women in Public Service Institute: Peacebuilding and Development Khattab will share with delegates her insights  on approaches to leadership in post-conflict and transitional settings.

Khattab is a strong activist for human rights, especially women and children, and her track record for successful advocacy in this area is compelling. She spearheaded the development and inauguration of 1,167 girl-friendly schools which provide quality learning to thousands of girls in the poorest quintile of Egyptian society. To honor her commitment to women and children and her policy accomplishments, Khattab was awarded The Order of Good Hope from the President of South Africa, The Knight of the Grand Cross, and Decoration of “Commendatore” of the Order of Merit by the President of the Italian Republic.

One of her greatest successes came after many years of coordinating national efforts in Egpyt to combat gender based violence–including female genital mutilation–and child marriage. Dr. Khattab was a principle architect of laws criminalizing the practice of female genital mutilation in Egypt. Her example of tireless advocacy and innovative leadership serves as an excellent example for our Institute delegates this summer.

On December 20, 2012, Khattab was informed that at its 67th Ordinary Session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) would adopt the Resolution “Intensifying Global Efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation.”

Read the letter that was sent to Dr. Khattab announcing the adoption of the resolution.