Women, Local Governance, and State-building in Egypt

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The aim of this study is to illustrate women’s roles in statebuilding in Egypt, to enrich knowledge-sharing of women-led initiatives in local communities aimed at national policy formation. This chapter documents Egyptian women’s efforts to influence policy and alter the process and outcomes of statebuilding, through four distinct initiatives. Based on in-depth interviews and research, the study offers lessons to strengthen statebuilding knowledge and actions in local programs and at the global level. The statebuilding initiatives described herein aim to bolster democratic and participatory political processes and settlements, as well as more inclusive decision making at all levels.