The 2014 Egyptian Constitution has significant provisions asserting women's equality and rights and the Government of Egypt has achieved considerable progress on the women's empowerment agenda in recent years. Several national strategies for women empowerment were developed and adopted, namely, the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030, National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women (VAW), National Strategy to Combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and the National Strategy to Combat Child Marriage. The Government has also brought about amendments to the laws on marriage, nationality, divorce, sexual harassment and inheritance, and women are now highly represented in ministerial and leadership posts and within parliament. The Government also allocated 14 per cent of the national budget to support women through different ministries and programmes, including gender-responsive budgeting in social protection, healthcare and employment.
Women economic empowerment and overall gender equality and inclusivity is one of the main thematic components of the wider rural economic development initiative that the Egyptian government is implementing with Vision 2030. Creating opportunities for women to be breadwinners for their families is extremely important in ensuring that development is widespread and gender equal.