WFP in partnership with Seven Circles publish first-of-its kind cookbook to empower women in Egypt


CAIRO – The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) and Seven Circles “Empowering through” have launched the ‘Empowering Women through Cooking’ (EWC) cookbook in Egypt.

EWC Egypt – produced through Seven Circles’ Empowering Through initiative – features the recipes of 54 women from a variety of nationalities, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, who are currently living in the country.

Recipes are accompanied by stories of empowerment, insights on pursuing one’s ambition, becoming an entrepreneur and real-life examples of women changing communities today.

“This cookbook creatively presents the unifying power of food by providing a unique space where everyday people, communities, individuals and entities have come together to share their voice and message of empowerment. WFP’s strategic partnership with Seven Circles, that works to inspire, educate and empower women through innovative collaborations, emphasizes the importance of empowering women by providing access to opportunities and education, not only to achieve food security, but development that is truly inclusive and sustainable,” said Praveen Agrawal, WFP Representative and Country Director in Egypt.

In a joint statement, Seven Circles co-founder Dina Saoudi and Abdul Majeed Shoman Jr said: “We are grateful to our partners, contributors and are thrilled to shed light on stories of Egypt’s inspirational women with the world.”

The cookbook confirms that civil society, the public sector, the private sector, academia, and development agencies can (and must) work together to empower women.

Contributors to the Egypt cookbook include the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo Hotel, Monappetit Culinary Academy, Beyti, Stardust and Zest Production House and it is co-published by Jabal Amman Publishers and Dar El Shorouk publishing house.

In Egypt, WFP and the Government work to empower women and girls through improved access to education, adequate nutrition, vocational trainings for employment, economic opportunities and consequently, improved food security.

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