- A career diplomat who started as a diplomatic attaché, progressing through the diplomatic service to become an Ambassador and finally Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cultural affairs. With the new millennium, she shifted to development and human rights. She served as Minister of Family and Population and a world-renowned expert in the fields of diplomacy, negotiation, lobbying and building alliances. In the field of development and human rights, she is known for her ability to deliver and to build consensus around critical, culturally sensitive issues. She enjoys outstanding national and international credibility. She enjoys an outstanding record of working in partnership with many stakeholders including the donors’ community. Her reputation as an achiever has enabled her to raise considerable funds for the implementation of many projects in areas closely related to education and culture.
- She served as Ambassador to Czechoslovakia during its historic peaceful dissolution and later as ambassador to the Czech and Slovak Republics (1992-1994) and as Egypt’s first ambassador to democratic South Africa (1994-1999). She served as Secretary General of Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood NCCM (1999-2010), the highest national entity in charge of coordinating, monitoring, budget tracking, and proposing national action for childhood and motherhood issues. She demonstrated a modern vision and courage in defending her positions and ability to deliver especially on issues dealing with creating a culture supportive of sustainable development and human rights. Of particular emphasis has been her work towards the realization of the right to education of the highest attainable standard and the right to freedom of expression and participation in cultural life and the benefits of scientific developments and its application. The tenet of her work has been the creation of a supportive environment and the elimination of harmful practices under allegations of cultural traditions. She Led nationwide task forces numbering in the thousands in a coordinated manner and renowned for management of human resources, consensus building and meeting targets.
- While serving as an expert, vice chair and rapporteur of one of the UN Committees on Human Rights, she pioneered and engineered the withdrawal of Egypt’s reservations to the Convention on the rights of the Child (CRC) in 2003 despite the sensitivity of the issue after it was alleged to be in violation of the Islamic Sharia.
- Moushira Khattab has a proven track record of accomplishment and concrete achievements in many areas of development, with education and culture at the forefront as pre-requisites for sustainable human development. In December 2013, she ranked third among the five leading female human rights activists in the Middle East and North Africa MENA region. http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/columns/article/5-great-female-human-rights-activists-in-mena_20096. She is a member of the Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs as well as the founder and chair of its “women in foreign policy group”. She is a faculty member, mentor and a regional expert of The “Women in Public Service Project” (WPSP), established by US Secretary of State, a partnership between the US State Department and the US Seven Sisters colleges. The project aims to empower emerging women leaders in different parts of the world. Khattab is an International board member of “Women in Diplomacy”, chaired by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Visiting professor on human Rights and gender issues at the University of Perugia for Foreigners – Italy
- Senior Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Washington DC, USA (2012)
- Visiting lecturer on Egyptian Foreign Policy, international relations, human rights and gender issues- Misr University for Science and Technology MUST- Egypt- 2011.
- Board member of the department of political Science (Faculty of Economics and Political Science), Beni Sweif University, Egypt.
- Elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve as an expert on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva from 2002- 2010. The Committee is one of the UN monitoring bodies in the area of human rights
- Chair of the Intergovernmental Expert Group mandated to prepare UN Guidelines on Justice Matters for Children Witnesses and Victims of Crimes. (ECOSOC resolution 2005/20 of 22 July 2005) where She played a pivotal role to forge consensus in record time
- Vice-President of the International Bureau for Children’s Rights [IBCR] – Montreal Canada(2005-2013)
- Member of the Women Leadership Council to combat trafficking in persons including children (UNGIFT / UNODC, Vienna 2008)
- Vice President of Aflatoun International for Child Social and Financial Education – Amsterdam (2008 – 2011)
- Board member of Child Help International – Amsterdam (2003-2009)
- Member of the organizing committee for the Sixth Global Conference for health promotion- WHO- Thailand 2005
- Member of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Radio & Television Union & Chair of its Sub-Committee on Family and children (2000 – 2009)
- Board Member of the Egyptian Federation of NGOs (2000 – 2009)
- Board member of The higher Council for pre-university education, Egypt
- Board member and Consumer Representative at the Egyptian Electricity Regulatory Board (2002 – 2009)
- Board member of the Vodafone Foundation for Social Development (2002- 2009)
- Board member of the Association of Former International Civil Servants (AFICS), Egypt
- Member of Rotary international
- Member of the association of “Friends of the Egyptian Opera”.
- Member of the association of “Friends of Manial Palace Museum”.
- Board member – Maadi Sporting Club (2006-2010)
- D in International Human Rights Law – Cairo University, Egypt
- MA in Political Science – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- SC with Honours in Political Science – Cairo University, Egypt
Decorations and Honours
- Knight of the Grand Cross of the Republic of Italy
- Commendatore della Repubblica by the President of Italy
- Order of Good Hope by the President of South Africa
National Track record
Moushira Khattab is renowned for her ability to lead large teams and build consensus around critical issues. She is also known for keenness to work with civil society and the donors’’ community. The vast majority of Ambassador Khattab’s achievements in the field of development, notably education and culture, over the past 15 years have been accomplished at the grass roots level. Khattab is credited with having introduced a cultural paradigm shift in advancing issues related to education and culture and the rights of women and children, in cooperation with many national and international stakeholders. The United Nations agencies and donor community regularly feature high on her long list of partners. She successfully raised funds towards the implementation of the majority of projects she implemented. Her diligence, transparency, and participatory approach encouraged a phenomenal engagement by the donnor’s community and the United Nations family. Her tenure at the helm of NCCM and the Ministry of Family and Population has made a paradigm shift in their international standing and its national credibility.
Education and Culture
Khattab prioritized education and culture as pre-requisites and pivots for sustainable development. She undertook, initiated, coordinated and participated in several key programs with the aim of reforming Egypt’s education and improving its quality. Education has been a common denominator in all her activities. She fought for the creation of a culture supportive of the right of every citizen to the highest attainable standard of education directed to the full development of the human personality and enabling every citizen to participate effectively in a free society, promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations and all racial, ethnic or religious groups. She undertook many scholastic initiatives that advocated for freedom of expression, participation in cultural life and benefitting from advances of science and its applications as well as protection from its abuse. She spearheaded legal reform that put the State under legal obligation to guarantee it, making the deprivation of such a right a criminally punishable offense. The amended legal framework stressed quality as well as access to education. The aims of pre-university education are harmonized with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, inter alia, to include dignity, human rights, tolerance, culture, solidarity, equality, non -discrimination, realization of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, respect for others, non-discrimination based on gender, religion, race, origin, social status, disability or any other grounds. The law regards a child deprived of education as a child at risk. It further commits the state to remove all barriers that hinder the attainment of this right. The law also criminalizes the abuse of scientific research, computers, the Internet or cartoons to commit or instigate exploitation of children in prostitution or pornography. It also provides for the rights of children of imprisoned mothers though the establishment of a nursery in every female prison (Law 126/2008)
- Within the framework of the UN Secretary General’s “Education for allinitiative”, led by UNESCO- (World Education Forum – Dakar, 2000), Khattab engineered Egypt’s “Girls Education Initiative” EGEI. The initiative targets 6-13 year old girls and seeks to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education and achieving gender equality in education with a focus on ensuring girls’ full and their equal access and retention, equality in participation and accomplishments in a good quality basic education. It aimed at eliminating gender bias and discrimination within the education system as well as eliminating an ingrained gender based cultural bias that limits the demand for girls’ education. EGEI revolves around education as a human right – one that is as much about quality as it is about access. The initiative was implemented in 10 most derived governorates at the grass roots level to instill belief culture that education is a precondition for sustainable development, particularly with regard to fighting poverty and transforming societies through women’s empowerment. EGEI is a collaborative partnership of different entities within and outside the United Nations system. Community participation through local voluntary task forces and educational committees were instrumental in overcoming many hurdles. Egypt became a flagship country in implementing the UN Secretary General Initiative on Girls Education – one that was cited by UNESCO. UNICEF also dedicated one of its publications to Egypt’s case.
- Khattab mobilized society for girls’ education. A five-year National action plan (the first to be drafted by the grass roots) was formulated in a participatory approach. It was later translated into seven action plans reflecting local opportunities and challenges. Through a targeted and coordinated effort, Khattab played a key role in raising awareness of the rights of the girl to education. She mobilized resources and established of over 2200 girl-friendly schools (2006-2009) providing quality active learning for thousands of the most marginalized girls in governorates with the highest gender gaps. Egypt’s GEI targeted girls without excluding boys. The initiative centered around five programs: 1. Establishing a database disaggregated according to gender, geographic location and other possible grounds for exclusion and marginalization; 2. Community mobilization and participation 3. Poverty alleviation 4. School construction and 5. Monitoring and evaluation. A distinct achievement of EGEI is raising awareness of the crucial importance of education, instilling a culture of community participation, coordination, non- discrimination, active learning and bottom up planning, implementation and monitoring pedagogy that focus on building the capacity of civil society as a partner. EGEI scored many achievements. In February 2008, she signed a protocol with the Minister of Education to mainstream the EGEI active learning methodology in public schools. Another outcome was a ministerial decree to remove the age restriction on school reentry for female dropouts. These efforts encouraged the Ministry of Education to establish a unit for combatting school dropout and a unit for coordination with NGO’s.
- Moushira Khattab organized training courses on a regular basis to tackle adult illiteracy in all governorates with a particular emphasis on the most marginalized areas. She also devoted her attention to promoting an enabling culture, one that was equal to that devoted to alphabet and mathematic literacy. The program emphasized life skills and principles of religious and cultural tolerance, gender parity, environment protection and sustainable development. Special programs were organized for women with the aim of combating all forms gender based discrimination and violence such as FGM, human trafficking and child marriage. Hundred thousand men and women benefited from the illiteracy programs. (1999-2011).
- She pioneered ongoing programs in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), on adolescent health in secondary schools. The program succeeded in raising awareness of students, teachers and school professionals on the reproductive rights as a component of school extra curricula activities. The program succeeded in mitigating the cultural resistance to teaching adolescents reproductive health rights within schools. It even stimulated an emerging conviction of the importance of teaching students such issues within schools.
- In cooperation with development partners, she organized training courses and capacity building programs for hundreds of parents, school directors, teachers and other education professionals. The primary objective was to eliminate cultural and economic causes of school dropout. The courses focused on building capacities and training on active learning, human rights education, population issues, adolescence health, healthy environment, sustainable development, and gender equality, addressing causes of vulnerabilities, disability, combating drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. The courses succeeded in mitigating cultural sensitivities resistance for such issues. Art, leisure; recreation and sports constituted a pillar of the training courses.
- She launched a program, in cooperation with NGOs to increase enrollment in pre-school education. Concerning early childhood development, she engineered a study mapping the status of nurseries and its limitations using Giza and Qalyoubia governorates as case This program led the preparation of guidelines for quality in early childhood education as well as training courses for nurseries teachers and educational professionals on the use of the quality standards
- Social and financial education for children often featured among Khattab’s priorities. In cooperation with Child Social and Financial Education (Amsterdam), the program benefitted over one hundred thousand Egyptian children in different schools
- She initiated a study on school violence in Upper Egypt as part of an effort to tackle school violence and bullying. The study guided the formulation of a national strategy for the protection of schoolchildren from violence
- Khattab conducted a study on youth aspirations in cooperation with UNDP and Al Ahram Center for Strategic studies. The survey guided the preparation of a program on civic education for the youth. Other initiatives involved youth active participation and their right to access information in order to defuse the chronic problem of apathy and rot learning in public schools. These activities were carried out in cooperation with universities, schools , institutions of learning and NGO’s
- As part of her contribution to educational reform, she led and coordinated national endeavors to combat school dropouts feeding into child labour and street children. These included: 1. Improving the quality of education. 2. Removing hidden costs and barriers that lead to dropout. 3. Reducing the number of students in classrooms. 4. Capacity building of education professionals. 5. Increasing leisure, cultural activities, sports and recreational activities 6. Raising awareness of environmental protection and solid waste management. In cooperation with the Ministry of Telecommunication, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and the Population Council she implemented a program that provides information technology to marginalized children in rural and impoverished areas. In addition, these programs aimed to protect children from trafficking and sexual exploitation via the internet
- Encouraging Youth Participation was a pillar to Khattab’s work. She established youth network that reached out to youth in both schools and universities. The aim was to raise awareness of the value of youth participation in public life and in making decisions affecting their lives. The network was run by the youth themselves. It became popular and attracted big numbers. It helped revealed many problems and the perception of the youth to the solutions. Youth recommendations were regularly transmitted to decision makers. Cultural issues formed a central component of the program.
- Khattab also led and coordinated the implementation of several programs for rehabilitation of working children and street children and their reintegration back into education, removing all administrative and financial barriers. The program builds the capacity of children through education, vocational training, special education programs, technical, cultural and civic education. (Manshiet Nasser program and Dar El Salam reception Center).
- Khattab prioritized education for refugee children as a pivot to ensure their human rights. She pioneered a program that provides educational, cultural and recreation activities to refugee children, in cooperation with the High Commissioner for Refugees. The program included I) Enrollment of Arabic speaking refugees in public schools wherever possible; 2) Literacy programs and establishment of schools, nurseries and health services with no hidden cost; 3) Training of teachers and raising awareness on HIV/Aids, communicable diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, harmful traditional practices such as domestic violence, FGM and child marriage; 4) Increasing women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace building.
- She led the implementation of a national program “Children at risk” (20 million Euro) in cooperation with the European Union. This catered for the protection and empowerment of vulnerable children. It was implemented in various governorates targeting out of schoolchildren, street children, working children and children with disabilities. The program supported the”Girls’ Education Initiative”. Work manuals were prepared to support primary education. School curricula were improved and civic education mainstreamed, training manuals prepared and teachers trained. Monitoring and follow up manuals were also prepared. It contributed to the construction of girls’ friendly schools in deprived areas. The program improved the lives of many children and their families. EU considers it one of its most successful projects in Egypt.
- Khattab initiated and led over a period of five years (2003-2008) the most comprehensive rights based legal reform process in Egypt. The process included diligent negotiations, lobbying and alliance building at various levels. It was crowned by the adoption of Law 126/2008. The law amends three laws bringing them into closer harmony with the international human rights standards. The Egyptian penal Code was amended to prohibit Female Genital Mutilation FGM and the sale of children, the exploitation of children in pornography, sexual abuse and trafficking. In addition, the Civil Status Law raised the minimum age of marriage for girls to 18 years with provisions for penalizing offenders. This process spanned over 5 years of work at the grass roots to raise awareness of the need for reform. It was followed by awareness raising among decision makers, parliamentarians, media professionals and opinion leaders. This participatory process protected the law against later attempts in 2012 to lower the minimum age of marriage and attempts to decriminalize FGM. Civil society organizations led the campaign to protect the legal achievements
- Khattab led similar participatory efforts whereby a comprehensive law on the rights of persons with disabilities was prepared. The bill was guided by the respective UN Convention.
In her capacity as Minister for Family and Population, Khattab took the initiative in 2010 to establish and chair a committee on ethics and moral values. The committee was diverse and included representatives from the Church, Al-Azhar, opinion leaders, media professionals, and universities, representatives of civil society as well as the Ministries of Education; culture and other line ministries. The committee focused on dealing with gender and religious based discrimination, harmful traditional practices and disseminating a culture that respects human rights and the rule of law. The Committee established a technical committee composed of representatives of universities, Al Azhar and the Church. . The mandate was to review school curricula in the primary education and to remove all forms of discrimination, bias and prejudice from schoolbooks and teaching pedagogy. The objective of the review was also to use education to undo biases that had been instilled in Egyptian culture over decades of miseducation on some fronts. The Committee surveyed curricula and produced a comprehensive proposal that removes all forms of discrimination whether they are based on gender, religion, disability, social status or any other grounds. It proposed concepts of human rights and civic education as a cornerstone of school curricula.
Introducing a Cultural Legacy
- She organized hundreds of programs interviews to raise awareness of certain cultural challenges. She organized massive popular gatherings that ranged from entire villages (120) getting together to declare their determination to abandon some traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation. She organized camps for schools and university students to discuss reproductive health issues. She regularly met with hundreds of university students within their summer camps to discuss current issues of public concern. Her ability to communicate with different groups enabled her to build an environment supportive of positive sustainable development. She succeeded in dealing head on with tough harmful cultural practices
- As the chair of family committee within the federation of Egyptian Radio and Television, she contributed to the dissemination of many constructive cultural values, and raising awareness with various aspects of human sustainable developments. She guided the planning and implementation of many training programs for different groups of media professionals. She focused on encouraging the abandonment of harmful concepts concerning different age groups. Committee membership included chairs of Television and Radio channels in and other cadres of the mass communication sector. The main mandate of the committee to design media strategy and policy as it concerns the family
- Khattab is credited for mobilizing the support of both the official as well as the private media to tackle education and culture issues in a constructive manner that would improve Egypt’s rating on the global human development index. Some of her significant achievements is the paradigm shift in the handling by the drama and the talk shows in support of her positions. One example is the handling of FGM, child marriage, street children and child labour and the standing of persons with disabilities. Worth noting is the campaign “No to Harmful traditional Practices” the campaign lumped deprivation of education, child marriage and FGM in one group. It earned a number of prizes, both national and international. The same applies to the campaign “Red Card to Child Labour” coinciding with the world cup
- She planned and supervised the implementation of many programs by the youth themselves, through national campaigns, community initiatives and carrying out programs through arts, media tools and capacity building. She organized many competitions for the same purpose. Community initiatives included “person to person” advocacy
- She chaired for 10 consecutive years annual workshop during the Cairo international Child Film festival. The topics always focused on cultural issues of concern to the family
- To make the cultural change happen, she planned and supervised the implementation of a social marketing project “Think Twice”. The program focused on cultural issues. It encourages positive change. The project was implemented in cooperation with UNDP and the Italian cooperation.
- Khattab succeeded in dealing with cultural sensitivity and resistance to what was perceived as invading family privacy. She initiated, coordinated and led the establishment of 3 helplines as toll free national monitoring mechanisms supported by remedy and rehabilitation services; for 1. Children with disabilities (2003), 2. Children at risk (2005) and 3. Family counseling to combat child marriage (2009)
- In 2006, she initiated and led the first national rights based budget tracking, which monitored the size of public spending on implementing and advancing the rights of children. The study tracked the efficacy, efficiency and sufficiency of public spending. It monitored public policies as reflected by budget allocations. It also examined governmental and non-governmental programs. The study targeted evaluation of Egypt’s actual fulfillment of its commitment under international humanitarian law. She cooperated with the same university to conduct a study mapping child poverty
- She devoted systematic attention to protection of the environment. She introduced a provision in Law 126/2008 providing for the right to healthy clean environment. She coordinated several campaigns to mobilize the masses into improving the quality of the environment. She built alliances with the media and the civil society. Relevant issues became a common denominator in many programs as mentioned above. She organized several training and capacity building workshops for concerned professionals. She coordinated several camps for school and university students as well as residents of slum areas. Such programs were harmonized with female illiteracy programs and economic and social empowerment through financing small and micro enterprises (especially in deprived areas such as North Cairo).
- Khattab championed the cause of eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Her success in changing the culture and perception of the society towards FGM is among her outstanding achievements. Her diligence, perseverance and good rapport with the grass roots promoted a change in the societal perception of FGM from a socially accepted habit to a crime punishable by law. She spearheaded the creation of a strong lobby against the practice both nationally and internationally. She cooperated closely with universities, research centers, schools and institutions of learning as strategic stakeholders in all activities targeting the elimination of FGM. In June 2008, Khattab’s endeavors were crowned as law 126/2008 was adopted amending Egypt’s Penal code to criminalize the practice by a fine and imprisonment. She also championed the creation of an international network against the practice, working in cooperation with UNDP, UNICEF, and Italian and African NGOs. She also continues to support to African countries afflicted by the practice. Such efforts led to a considerable decline in the practice. Her success is due to her success in building a national cultural consensus that FGM is a wrong cultural practice that is not called for either by religion or health reasons. Such efforts earned her international recognition. She was honored by the highest decoration by the Italian President in 2010 and the award of courage by the American Secretary of State in 2007.
- She Established within NCCM the first Egyptian Unit to combat child trafficking, established a shelter for victims in cooperation with IOM and formulated a national database-powered action plan to train professionals, receive complaints about violations and monitor intervention.
- Khattab waged a national campaign against early marriage, and succeeded to raise the minimum age of female marriage to 18 years. This was later enforced in partnership with the office of the Prosecutor General and NGOs. In 2009 alone more than 9600 cases of violations were reported and perpetrators brought to justice
She spearheaded the implementation of a wide range of large scale, national projects with many UN agencies such as UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ODC, WFP, WHO and UNFPA. Major programs were also implemented with the European Union, World Bank, USAID, Italian Cooperation, Dutch, Swedish and Swiss funds for development. Child observatory was established, in cooperation with UNIECEF and the Italian cooperation, as a monitoring mechanism. It functioned in cooperation with universities, researchers and schools
- Throughout her career, Moushira Khattab successfully forged strong partnerships with the private sector, within a corporate social responsibility framework including with multinationals such as Italcementi (improving environment in marginalized areas), Apache (building schools for poor girls), and Danone (supporting victims of trafficking, and street children with disabilities) among other programs. In 2013 she was chosen as a Member of the Jury of the yearly ArcVision Egypt prize “Women and Architecture”, an international competition on the empowerment of women and sustainable development organized by Italcementi.
- Her hands-on involvement in advocating the rights of the marginalized achieved great success and a cultural paradigm shift putting it at the forefront of public debate.
Moushira Khattab’s diplomatic career and long experience in both multilateral as well as bilateral diplomacy equipped her to interact actively both at the national as well as the international level. She acquired solid experience in the functioning of international organizations, particularly the United Nations. She started her diplomatic career as a diplomatic attaché at the Egyptian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. She was in charge of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. She was later appointed at the Egyptian embassy in Vienna and, inter alia, representing her country to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). This coincided with Egypt’s membership of the UNIDO Executive Council. She deepened her experience with the United Nations and other international organization when she was later appointed to the concerned department at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo. She took part in many conferences and meetings at various organs of the UN and chaired Egypt’s delegation to such meetings on many occasions. At the invitation of the Director General of UNESCO, Khattab delivered a keynote address at the “UNESCO future Forum” Gender Equality: The Missing Link? Rethinking the Internationally Agreed Development Goals beyond 2015 (held in Greece in September 2010). She also delivered the keynote address at the At the High level segment of ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review, June 2010.
Her other international activities include:
- As an expert, mentor and faculty member of the Women in Public Service Project WPSP Khattab mentored many emerging leaders in different parts of the world. She also lectured at its different programs in Morocco 2011-2012, Wellesley /Center for Women – Boston 2012, Smith College – Paris 2012, Tunisia 2013, Bryn Mawr College USA 2013 and Beijing 2014
- Public Policy Scholar with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars WWICS. Frequent speaker at various events of WWICS and invited regular participant (2012, 2013 and 2014) in ground briefing calls on the constitutional and political developments in Egypt. WWICS has published many articles written by Moushira Khattab on the Egyptian constitutions of 2012 and 2014 among other developments on gender issues and the human rights situation http://www.wilsoncenter.org
- Selected as an expert with the China program on the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review sponsored in cooperation with the Ford Foundation. Lectured in January 2014 and July 2014 in Beijing. Engaged in similar cooperation with the Ford Foundation in Egypt as a speaker, inter alia, on the Egyptian cultural identity
- Member of the round table discussion on education in Egypt and possible solutions September 2014, and social justice May 2014. Both roundtable discussions were organized by the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies and the Center for Private International enterprises (American Chamber of Commerce).
- Regular attendee of the Africa Child Policy Forum AFCPF and a regular speaker while also providing technical support to the forum, the most recent of which took place in February 2014 http://www.africanchildforum.org
- Participated as a speaker in a number of meetings organized by the UNSG special representative on violence against children dealing with harmful traditional practices the last of which in 2013
- Carried out similar activities to combat harmful traditional practices in cooperation with other stakeholders in Europe, namely “No Peace without Justice” www.npwj.org. Meetings were held in a number of African countries with the most recent in Rome 2012 and 2013 http://www.npwj.org/search/node/moushira%20khattab.
- Played an active role as a Muslim woman in promoting a culture that treasures education as a pre-requisite for sustainable development and gender parity. She played a role in bringing Muslim countries to support the global movement for human rights. A highlight of such efforts is the conference she organized in Cairo November 2009 in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic States OIC on Islamic Sharia. The outcome document represented a leap forward on many issues concerning combatting discrimination and violence.
Expert of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child CRC (2002- 20010)
During her eight years tenure as an expert, rapporteur, and vice chair of the CRC committee, Moushira Khattab had the following experiences:
- Succeeded in capitalizing on her CRC membership, together with her executive position as Secretary General of NCCM to add value to both the Committee and her work with Egyptian children. Her membership in the Committee has lent her work an international dimension and she has had great success in aligning Egyptian legislation and policies with international standards. In parallel, her hands on approach has provided the Committee with feedback that proved invaluable with respect to setting CRC policies. She has successfully disseminated the collective wisdom of the Committee to millions , not only in Egypt or the MENA region, but the world as a whole
- Represented the Committee at various meetings including those on the Reform of UN Treaty Bodies System – Berlin (July 2007), University of Nottingham, UK (January 2006), Inter-Committee meetings of the UN Treaty Bodies – Geneva (June 2006), Malbun, Liechtenstein and Berlin, Germany (2003 & 2006)
- Member of the core group drafting General Comment of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Member of the advisory group on children without parental care CWPC, drafted UN guidelines on the protection of CWPC)
- Led and coordinated a participatory process of reporting to the Committee on Egypt’s combined third and fourth periodical reports (CRC/C/EGY/3-4) as well as preparing the written replies to the Committee’s list of issues and the ground preparation of the Egyptian official delegation to the examination of the report in June 2011. A delegation of Egyptian children to the committee was the highlight of this examination. The concluding observations of the Committee reflected progress achieved during the period of reporting which coincide with the tenure of Khattab as Secretary General of NCCM CRC/C/OPSC/EGY/CO/1
UNSG study on Violence against children
Khattab has played a proactive role within the framework of the UN Study on Violence against Children including the following:
- As a member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, she was able to influence the course of the Study by recommending, since the onset of the process, that the Study initiate a participatory process on the ground by involving the various regions in its development. This has instigated the process of regional consultations that gave the Study its unique feature. She was able to ensure that Egypt plays an active role in this respect
- Chaired MENA Regional Steering Committee and Egypt’s National Committee on Violence Against Children (until 2011)
- Hosted and organized three MENA Regional Conferences (June 2005), follow-up (March 2006 & 2007). MENA was the first region to have its follow up
- Chaired the round table discussion that followed the presentation to GA of the UN Study on VAC (New York-12 October 2006)
- She spearheaded the translation into Arabic of the entire study and played an active role in mobilizing the MENA & League of Arab States around the issue of Violence against children
Khattab contributed as a member of the organizing and program committee for WHO 6th Global Conference on Health Promotion – 2005 Thailand
Supervised and Edited National Policy Documents and Publications:
- National Strategy to Empower the Family (2011)
- Right’s Based Tracking of Public Budgeting for Children (2006)
- National Plan of Action to Combat Violence against Children (2006)
- Five Year National Plan of Action in accordance with UNGASS “World Fit for Children” ( 2005)
- National Strategy to Empower Youth to Say No to Tobacco and Drugs (2005)
- National Strategy and Plan of Action for the Elimination of Child Labor, as well as a plan of action (2005)
- National Strategy for the Protection, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Street Children (2003)
- National Plan of Action for Girls’ Education, Along with 7 local action plans for the 7 most deprived governorates with the highest gender gap (2002)
- National Survey on Child Labor (2002)
- Right’s Based Tracking of Public Budgeting for Children- 2006.
- National Plan of Action to Combat Violence against Children (2006).
- Five Year National Plan of Action in accordance with UNGASS “World Fit for Children” (2005)
Annotated and Revised Studies and Publications
- International Bureau of Children’s rights, Montreal “Country profile: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia” 2007
- UNICEF’s Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities & Implementation in Egypt, Center for Economic and Financial research and studies, Cairo University 2008
- Egypt’s Human Development Report – 2001
- Egypt’s Governorates Human Development Report – 2002
- Rethinking poverty, making policies that work for children
- Egypt’s Child poverty study- UNICEF and Cairo University 2010.
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