Nurses’ Protests against Forced Labor A case study about the suffering of Shebin El-Kom Teaching Hospital

Cairo: 7 August 2018

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) is launching today “Nurses’ Protests against Forced Labor.. Shebin El-Kom Teaching Hospital (a Case Study)”, which is prepared by The Freedom of Expression for Workers and Social Movements Program at ANHRI. The 20-page medium-size book briefly reviews the history of the nursing profession in Egypt and how foreigners contributed to its emergence, since the establishment of the first nursing school in 1827 till 1976, when the Egyptian government adopted a postgraduate program to obtain a doctorate degree in nursing at the High Institute of Nursing in Alexandria.

The handbook addresses the history of the establishment of Shebin El-Kom Teaching Hospital in 1965 and the problems encountered by female nurses since 19 June 2008 and how they faced them. It sheds light on an issue that has always been ignored by media outlets, as nurses struggle to obtain their legitimate rights. It also covers the reasons why a female nurse attempted suicide by trying to jump from the top of the ministry.

The book also gives a review of the number of nurses in Egypt and how it is distributed to different health sectors and explained the reasons behind the shortage of female nurses despite the rise of unemployment. Furthermore, it presents laws that regulate the nursing profession in Egypt in addition to the Minister of Health and the President’s decisions and decrees relating to it.
The Freedom of Expression for Workers and Social Movements Program said: “We introduce this book for all trade unionists and those who are concerned with defending labor rights in the independent trade union. We also present it to benefit from the case study about the legitimate struggle of Shebin El-Kom nurses; in order to enable them to claim their rights to dignified treatment and decent pay. The book also introduces the vision of the defenders of nurses’ rights and gives out proposed solutions to raise the social status of nurses.”

We hope that this book becomes a motive to put an end to the oppression experienced by female nurses, in particular, and government employees, in general, and doesn’t lead to further persecution by either the security services or the hospital’s board.

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