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UNFPA announces Amina Khalil as Honorary Ambassador

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Egypt announced actress Amina Khalil as Honorary Ambassador. Ms. Khalil is an advocate for women’s and girl’s rights, including reproductive health, besides her impressive career and talent. 

The young actress has been engaged with UNFPA over the past years, participating in different activities to amplify relevant messages to the communities. Through her work, she boldly sheds light on different topics seldom tackled in mainstream media. 

The announcement was made in an open-air event hosted by UNFPA Representative in Egypt Ms. Frederika Meijer and UNFPA Arab States Regional Director Dr. Luay Shabaneh on Monday June 14.

The reception was also held to honor UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Ambassador Ib Petersen, currently on his first visit to Egypt since joining the organization. Petersen is expected to hold several high-level meetings to discuss the fund’s cooperation and support to Egypt – one of UNFPA’s biggest operations in the region.

The event brought together Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, President of the National Council for Women Dr. Maya Morsy, General Ismail El Far, Director of the Central Administration for Training and Projects, on behalf of Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, along with several ambassadors and eminent leaders from civil society, private sector and the media.

“I am delighted that UNFPA engages with renowned celebrities like Amina Khalil,” Petersen said, “I am confident that her prestige, talent and voice will help transmit UNFPA mandate to the hearts and minds of people.”

Dr. Al-Mashat highlighted the importance of the strategic partnership between Egypt and UN agencies, adding that Egypt has made strides in the women empowerment portfolio since it hosted the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994. She also congratulated Ms. Khalil on her announcement as Honorary Ambassador.

“Art is a way to change cultural perception and the participation of women is critical,” Dr. Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said at the event.

On her part, Dr. Morsy also lauded the selection of Ms. Khalil as UNFPA Honorary Ambassdor.

“We’re here to celebrate Egyptian women and the younger generation.” she said.

On behalf of Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, General Al-Far underlined the partnership between the ministry of UNFPA, which aims at raising awareness around population issues among young people.​

Through her partnership with UNFPA, Ms. Khalil is committed to empowering women and girls and shedding light on important population issues, further helping UNFPA achieve the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action.

“Now it is time to act for women and girls everywhere,” Khalil said, “if we take bold steps to improve the lives of women, we will ba taking bold steps to better the lives of children and families too.”

Khalil said that women should not have to struggle to earn their God-given right to make a choice. "By her own birthright and the very mere fact of living, she gets to matter. She gets to choose."

“Honorary Ambassadors are of particular importance for UNFPA engagement with the public, and having such a beloved, passionate and popular Ambassador like Amina is a great opportunity to advance the rights agenda and ensure women and girls have the choice for bodily autonomy,” Shabaneh said.

UNFPA Egypt Representative, Ms Frederika Meijer highlighted the importance of ensuring reproductive health and gender equality.

“Guaranteeing reproductive health for all and ensuring gender equality is key to the wellbeing of people. Our messages have to reach communities, and signing a famous actress like Amina Khalil will help. Entertainment has proven to be a useful tool to engage with people,” Meijer said.

 

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