Amal Mahmoud serves in Cairo as the special advisor to the V-Day Karama , addressing strategies to end violence against women in the Arab world. A development expert and trainer, in 2002 and 2003 Mrs. Mahmoud ran a series of Oxfam GB–Yemen workshops, engaging civil society organizations to examine an Arab training guide focusing on violence against women and domestic violence. Mrs. Mahmoud has been the Secretary General of the General Forum for Women in Development, a network of 105 NGOs in Egypt. In 1995, she led the participation of Egyptian NGOs in the Beijing +5 assessment of progress on implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. As Chairperson of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, Mrs. Mahmoud advocated for the ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women by Arab governments to protect the rights of Arab women against discrimination. Amal Mahmoud earned a BSc in Commerce and Accounting in 1976 at ‘Ain Shams University in Egypt, where she was secretary of the Culture & Politics Club, responsible for rescue and nurse training during the October 1973 war, and president of the ‘Ain Shams Fatat Association.
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