The Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1995. Its goal is to offer Egyptian women legal support and assistance regarding their rights under the Egyptian Constitution, Egyptian laws and the international conventions. In addition, it provides women with a variety of skills that enable them to manage their lives and overcome their problems.
This work is carried out through the following units in CEWLA:
1) Legal Cases Unit: Offers legal support for women and represents them in court .
2) Social Research and Survey Unit: Carries out field research to discover problems and prioritize possible solutions .
3) Legal Services Unit: Helps women to obtain official papers such as identification cards and birth certificates which are necessary to access government and private services .
4) Documentation and Publishing Unit: Through this unit information concerning the law, women's and children's issues is collected and disseminated.
5) Children's Unit: Organizes activities for children which prepare them to understand their rights and duties in the future .
6) Literacy and Continuing Education Unit: Provides basic literacy and continuing education to women and men, as well as helping them to develop additional life skills .
7) Research and Studies Unit: Issues studies and reports on topics of concern to Egyptian women and highlights various cases .
8) Training and Awareness Unit: Raises legal awareness and corrects misconceptions among women participants. It also offers a critical view of laws which discriminate against women .
9) International Relations Unit :Fundraising of the projects, Formulating Project Proposals, Promoting legal exchange programs with other organizations (locally, regionally & internationally)
1) Create a society that provides equal opportunities for both genders .
2) Utilize international laws and conventions to support women .
3) Develop and further the idea of legal and judicial assistance and eliminate discriminatory provisions in the different laws.
4) Support women and provide them with various skills and knowledge such as legal awareness- literacy classes-strategic planning etc. This enforce their role in society.
5) Organize conferences and meetings to discuss women's problems with intellectuals, jurists and media field workers.
6) Working on a number of researches and studies to analyze and have a closer look at the problems Egyptian women face.
7) Cooperate with non-governmental organizations and public authorities to assist women.
8) Create community leaders which are able to support Cewla in its struggle against violence against women.
Board of trustees:
- Dr. Fatma Khafagy : The president
- Mrs. Eman Mandour : treasurer
- Dr. Ahmed El-Sawy : secretariat
- Dr. Fouad Riad : member
- Dr. Mona Zoo El-Foukar : member
- Mr. Gamel Matar : member
- Mr. Gorge Ecehak: member
- Mrs. Mariez Tadrous: member
- Mrs. Azza Soliman : member and general manager