The statistics for Egypt are powerful, based on 2011 UN report.
- 97% of women were subject to some type of sexual harassment
- Approximately 1 in 4 girls are victims of physical violence.
- Sexual abuse of children represents 18% of the total incidences related to children.
- For 53% of incidents, the offender is a child’s relatives, and in 45% of cases there is no family relationship.
- 48.5% of women aged 25-46 years old face the risk of developing high blood pressure.
- From 2010 to 2012, more than 26,000 children drop out from basic education. Of the 26,000, 76% of the drop outs were girls.
- 2.3% of adolescent girls are married and 12% are in the process of getting married. There were more than 40,000 cases of underage marriage, resulting in 150,000 births from these adolescent girls.
Heya Masr is a volunteer-based social nonprofit organization registered in Cairo, Egypt #10407 dated 01/05/2017 with a mission of restoring a sense of dignity and pride in young Egyptian women (ages 9-18) by building their self-confidence and empowering them mentally and physically to develop and strengthen their character from the ground up. We provide a nurturing, safe environment for physical activity, a nutritional healthy lifestyle techniques program, character development activities, sexual harassment awareness, and self-defense strategies. Heya Masr is empowering a young generation of girls now for a better Egypt tomorrow.
Heya Masr targets young middle class and disadvantaged women in Egyptian society. Our goal is achieved through organizing self-sustaining, community-based programs focused on character development through educational classes on nutritional wellness, harassment awareness, and self-defense. These programs are held in partnership with local organizations, schools, and youth centers to empower young women to grow into stronger, more hopeful and effective members of society.
Our efforts are unique in that we rely on UN studies* that report that behavior changes take place at an earlier age. We equip women with mechanisms to empower themselves against the negative impacts of extreme deprivation, abuse, and other adversities in these formative years. In this way, we believe that we adopt a proactive strategy rather than a reactive one. We believe impacting women during adolescence to become stronger, more stable, confident, and independent will impact the future generations of Egypt.
For young Egyptian women to believe in themselves and fully realize their potential as strong, confident, and independent agents of change. To capture their empowerment with access to a safe venue that lends itself to improved self-confidence and strengthened character. Our program is not restricted to a certain geographical area or learning center. Heya Masr forges partnerships with other NGOs, centers, and educational institutions, coordinating timely and common objectives in order to target a larger population of young women that will positively impact Egypt’s future generations.