Who Is She

Mervat Tallawy

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Diplomat, Ambassador, Director General
Mervat Tallawy

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Arab Women Organization




Work history

Director General of Arab Women Organization, 2014 - Present.
Member of the Committee of Fifty for Drafting the new Constitution of Egypt, 2013.
President of the National Council for Women, 2012.
Coordinator General for the 1st Arab Economic Summit in Kuwait, 2009.
Minister of Insurance and Social Affairs in Egypt, 1997 – 1999.
Participated in the United Nations General Assembly declaration on the protection of women and children in time of armed conflict in 1974.
Participated in drafting the UN convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW), were reference to rural women was first introduced by Tallawy in Article 14 of the convention in 1979.


The first Arab woman to be Under Secretary General of the United Nations, and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA, 2001 – 2007.
The first Secretary General of the National Council for Woman in Egypt January, 2000.
The first woman Ambassador from the diplomatic corps in Egypt.