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Moushira Khattab

Former Public Policy Scholar
Middle East Program

Gender Equality
Human Rights
Women's Rights
Former Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa and to the Federal Republic of Czechoslovakia; and Former Egyptian Minister of Family and Population
Wilson Center Project(s):
“One Year After the Revolution: Where are We Now?” focusing on the prospects for women and children in Egypt in the foreseeable future
Apr 01, 2012
Jun 30, 2012

Moushira Khattab is the former Minister of Family and Population of Egypt as well as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. She served as Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa during the Nelson Mandela era and Ambassador of Egypt to the Czech Republic and Slovakia during their formation.

Moushira is a strong activist for human rights, especially women and children. She coordinated national efforts to combat gender based violence--including female genital mutilation--and child marriage. She spearheaded the development and inauguration of 1,167 girl-friendly schools which provide quality learning to thousands of girls in the poorest quintile of Egyptian society. Because of the remarkable results of her amazing leadership, Moushira has been awarded The Order of Good Hope from the President of South Africa, The Knight of the Grand Cross, and Decoration of “Commendatore” of the Order of Merit by the President of the Italian Republic.

Doctorate in International Relations and Human Rights Law from Cairo University, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cairo University.  

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