The FID Unit made some achievements in the fields of cultural dialogue in April and May 2014; the most prominent of these achievements are the following:
A seminar in Assiut on societal participation and volunteering
On 23rd and 24th of April 2014, CEOSS organized a seminar in Assiut governorate, in which many issues were discussed. Some of these issues were volunteering and societal participation and the role of young people in making a change. 222 participants attended the seminar. Mr. Helmy al-Nemnem, former editor of Dar Al-Hilal and Dr. Samia Qadri, professor of sociology at the University of Ain Shams spoke about several axes. Some of these were: the principles and bases of a successful dialogue – dialogue and intellectual and social structure; hindrances to successful dialogue; the historical role of the youth of the Egyptian universities at all levels: social, political and cultural; societal participation and volunteering, with presenting examples of volunteering.
At the end of the seminar, participants were divided into groups the purpose of which was to know the potentials of young people and how much they are employed in volunteering services. The seminar targeted university students.
A round table meeting for opinion leaders entitle, “Egyptian Women… Where To? – Roles and Challenges”
On April 28th, the Coptic Evangelical Organization (CEOSS) organized a round table meeting in Cairo, under the title, “Egyptian Women… To Where: Roles and Challenges”. Sixty of opinion leader attended the meeting. An overview on the status of Egyptian women was made, together with the means of developing that status and the roles and challenges that they face. Some of the main axes discussed were: Egyptian women and their role through transition stages and various revolutions; the relapse they faced in the forties of the previous century; also, the political and social role of women; women and legislation.
The meeting ended with several recommendations including that any Egyptian leadership must essentially put Egyptian women into its planning; caring for women rights since they are the pointer to the start of the occurrence of any change resulted from a revolution or a revival. In addition, the social and legal investment in women creates godly generations; since women are the ones who lay the values in children.
Democratic Transformation Conference – Reading in economic variables
The Cultures Dialogue Forum of the Coptic Evangelical Organization (CEOSS) held a conference, in the period from 23 to 24 April, 2014, under the title, “Democratic Transformation Conference – Reading in economic variables”. Around 130 participants of opinion leaders, university professors, some religious leaders (Muslims and Christians) and a number of media men attended the conference.
A group of intellectuals in the field of economy spoke in the conference. Some of these were, Dr. Gouda Abdel Khalek, professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at the University of Cairo and former Minister of Solidarity and Social Justice; Dr. Fakhry Feky, an economist and former adviser to the International Monetary Fund; Dr. Karima Karim, a professor of economics at the University of Al-Azhar; Mr. Salem Wehbe, editor of Ahram Economic Magazine; Dr Basant Fahmy, a professor of banking and finance at the French University and banking expert; Professor Amal Mowafy, project manager of “Decent jobs for the youth of Egypt” at the International Labour Organization; and Mr. Magdy Sobhi, an economist and vice president of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
The conference handled many axes; such as, description of the Egyptian current economic situation and the economic scenarios in the light of the democratic transformation in Egypt. During the conference, panel discussions were organized on issues of poverty and its various dimensions and unemployment, in addition to the issue of the absence of justice in the regional and factional development.