The Advancement of Egyptian Women

VIENNA, Virginia, January 21, 2010 – D3 Systems released a report today on the social and economic trends in the lives of Egyptian women. The analysis explores quantitative data measuring improvements and setbacks in the lives of urban Egyptian women. The report can be found in its entirety on D3’s website.

The findings report that Egyptian women are becoming more economically driven.  Sixty-five percent have reported that “more money / more wealth” would make them happier.  This is an increase of 21% since our previous survey of women in 2007.

While women have reported more interest in their economic well being, social injustice is a significant problem. One third of women report being denied access to education (32%), the legal system (32%) and health care (31%).

D3’s report, entitled “Egyptian Women: Incremental Progress Towards Happiness”, is the second installment of D3’s Egyptian research under the Women in Muslim Countries (WIMC) Project. Conducted in twenty-three Muslim majority countries, the WIMC study is designed to measure women’s empowerment in actual daily practice, providing a deep look into the oft-perceived gap between current public policy and empowerment initiatives and actual practice on the personal and local level.

WIMC is conducted and sponsored by D3 Systems of Vienna, Virginia, USA.   The Egyptian survey was administered to a random sample of 500 women in Egypt via face-to-face interviews.  Field work was conducted by Ipsos Egypt, between May 22 and June 15 2010. Interviewing was conducted in Arabic by Egyptian interviewers. The margin of error is ± 4% at the 95% confidence level.  The response rate was 64%.

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