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#MakeWhatsNext : Microsoft partners with Egyptian Ministries, NGOs to train over 1,500 Egyptian women

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After launching #MakeWhatsNext program in 17 countries in the Middle East and Africa for the sake of women empowerment in the STEM fields, Microsoft Egypt partnered with the ministry of youth and sports to organize a 5-day training session in 43 youth centers across 26 governorates benefiting over 1000 young Egyptian girls.

 

The event delivered hands-on professional training using the latest Microsoft technologies to perform essential jobs tasks, such as e-mail and report writing, negotiation, and the principles of financial management.

Partnering as well with the ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Microsoft Egypt hosted a five-day educational seminar at five selected NGO offices across Egypt attended by around 200 girls. The training focused on soft skills, digital literacy, and an “Hour of Code” session.

 

“The Ministry is implementing many activities that support the participation of young women and enhance their skills in technology in cooperation with Microsoft, as well as expanding the participation of women in the business sector that depends mainly on technological skills. #MakeWhatsNext is one of these activities, and it aims to develop the skills of more than 100,000 young women, with a target to reach up to 10 million women and families. The initiative works to create an integrated environment to empower and encourage girls to pursuit careers in ICT.” Stated Eng. Khalid Abdul Aziz, Minister of Youth and Sports.

 

The initiative seeks to encourage more Egyptian female entrepreneurs to conquer the ICT sector that’s is considered a male dominated field.

 

TechWomen program is another intuitive that seeks to mentor young ladies and expose them to international STEM careers carried out a one-day event that hosted 100 Egyptian young women professionals and entrepreneurs in the STEM fields. Microsoft Egypt also partnered with TechneDrifts to host a tour across nine governorates in order to support the building of local entrepreneurship ecosystems.

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Egypt’s population hits another risky rate

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Egypt’s population hits an increase of 70% in comparison to 2015, Hala al-Said -Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform- announced that it is estimated that Egypt’s population will reach 150 million by the year 2050; seeing how birth rate has been rising since 2005 and that makes Egypt one of the highest population growth rates in the world.

Overpopulation puts the national security at risk and is considered now to be a huge issue that need to be controlled by different parties. She also stated that the government is looking forward to investing in human resources in the light of this issue, and that the constitution encourages the execution of sustainable development goals.

In a press conference that was held last Sunday by Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali, it was announced that the government is working towards renovating 33 clinics that provides contraception services under the framework of the project “Two are Enough”, that aims at limiting the growth rate of population.

“Two are Enough” aims at training nurses and physicians on the area of overpopulation, and offers bonuses for volunteers who work in raising awareness in Upper Egypt which is recorded to have the highest birth rates.

Female rural leaders are also trained to advice their fellow female villagers on the issue and its risks. More than 2,000 female leaders are reaching out to villagers in their homes and the target –as a start- is to visit more than 10,000 houses in different 10 governorates across Egypt.

The campaign will carry on raising awareness through radio episodes that are to be aired on Quran channels with the cooperation of Al Azhar and Dar al-Ifta.

We hope that such tactics can actually have an impact on the mindsets of people in rural areas, and that we can witness results in the upcoming few months.

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Unearthing more of Egypt’s legacy

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Discoveries of Egypt’s treasures continues 

Missions continue to discover Egypt’s hidden treasures 

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani announced on Wednesday that more than 200 Italian archaeological missions are working on unearthing the treasures that still lays in different sites across Egypt, and that was during the inauguration of the second conference of the Italian Archaeological missions in Egypt, the middle East and North Africa.

The conference titled “Italian Archaeology in Egypt and MENA Countries (IAM2)” was held in the ministry’s office at Ahmed Pasha Kamal Hall in Zamalek, and secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri attended along with the Italian Ambassador to Egypt Giampaolo Cantini and other officials.

Several discoveries took place during this archeological mission, sites included Karnak Temple, Saqqara, Minya and Dahshour. During the conference, details covering those discoveries were discussed.

Another important issue that was discussed during the conference is the necessity of restoring the smuggled artifacts from Egypt. The issue was welcomed by the Italian authorities and they expressed their complete support of the case.

We hope that such a collaboration will indeed help in uncovering more of Egypt’s legacies just in time with the Grand Egyptian museum, in order to highlight and showcase those discoveries.

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Inertia Egypt Reveals Latest Updates on Joulz

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A Sunlit Neighborhood in the Heart of West Cairo

Cairo, Egypt – December 3rd, 2018: Inertia Egypt, the leading real estate developer revealed today the latest updates surrounding one of its flagship residential developments, Joulz – a neighborhood in the heart of West Cairo with a mixed-use area. Strategically located in the heart of West Cairo, Joulz is just 2 KM away from the ring road, 7 KM away from the 26th of July Corridor and 20-30 minutes away from downtown Cairo. Joulz consists of 1,150 residential units containing an array of apartments, townhouses, twin houses, and stand-alone villas. Residential units are built on 25% of the total land area, allowing for vast lush, green vegetation throughout the neighbourhood that create unique views and healthy, green environments.

The name Joulz is appropriated from Joules, the unit used to measure photons, the fundamental particle of light-without which life would not be sustainable. On that premise, Joulz architecture harnesses this light to transport its community from the smog of the city to radiance, doing so by integrating natural elements inside each home to create a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. Inertia’s architects designed each unit with big windows, spacious patios and bright sun wells that guarantee plenty of sunlight. Homes have sun study rooms, corridors are lit up by sunshine and villas have internal courtyards to ensure natural light penetrates every home.

“When we developed Joulz, we thought deeply about what makes the perfect neighborhood and developed the project accordingly. This entailed having the majority of the land used for open green spaces, facilities that encourage healthy lifestyles and outdoor activities, restaurants and cafes, medical clinics, hyper markets, banks, 24 hour security surveillance and easy accessibility to wider Cairo. All this can be found within the Joulz neighborhood which promises a friendly, warm and intimate experience real value for money for its tenants,” said Yasser Darwish, Projects Director, Inertia.

The Joulz neighbourhood has eight themed parks that make up 45,000 m2 of the development. Every park and green area will be themed differently to suit and entertain its residents. Joulz has curving jogging trails and bicycle lanes located throughout the neighbourhood that aim to maximize the resident’s experience, and to practice healthier daily habits that are hard to sustain in the city. For families with children, each area inside the compound has a nearby children’s playground to ensure children are close to their home.

 

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