34% of Egyp­tian fam­i­lies are headed by women, equiv­a­lent to 8m fam­i­lies

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Mo­hamed Samir

The num­ber of Egyp­tian fam­i­lies that are headed and sup­ported by women has reg­is­tered at 34%, ac­count­ing for around 8m fam­i­lies, ac­cord­ing the Na­tional Cen­tre for So­cial and Crim­i­no­log­i­cal Re­search.

On the other hand, cen­sus data that was pub­lished by the Cen­tral Agency for Pub­lic Mo­bil­i­sa­tion and Sta­tis­tics (CAPMAS) es­ti­mates the num­ber of fam­i­lies headed by women at 13%, or around 3.3m fam­i­lies out of 23.5m fam­i­lies.

The high­est ra­tio of fam­i­lies was in So­hag, ac­count­ing for 33% of the gov­er­norate’s pop­u­la­tion, while the high­est num­ber of bread-earn­ing women is from di­vorced and wid­ows.

Ear­lier in March, Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi is­sued de­crees to sup­port bread-earn­ing women, such as the ini­tia­tive to fi­nance mi­cro-sized en­ter­prises through the “Tahya Misr” fund and the Min­istry of So­cial Sol­i­dar­ity, and al­lo­cat­ing EGP250m for this pur­pose, while the Taka­ful and Karama pro­gramme cur­rently sup­ports 1.5m Egyp­tian women.

Fam­i­lies headed by women is an in­creas­ing phe­nom­e­non all around the globe. In Europe and North Amer­ica, around 20% of fam­i­lies are headed by women, while it is es­ti­mated at 30% in Lebanon, 22% in Su­dan, and 11% in Morocco.

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