Egypt’s political, religious leaders push for family planning

With the Egyptian GDP per capita decreasing and poverty rates on the rise, the parliament and the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, or Awqaf, are endeavoring to raise awareness about overpopulation, proposing legislation to encourage family planning.

According to statements by officials from the Ministry of Awqaf and the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Dec. 17, and others by members of parliament on Dec. 19, Egypt’s economic reform plans launched in August will not be enough to overcome Egypt’s economic crises and a program to manage overpopulation may be needed. The monthly GDPper capita is 1,282 Egyptian pounds ($70). The prices of commodities and services have skyrocketed as a result of increased foreign exchange rates.

In the second half of December, it became clear that state institutions are looking at decreasing population growth as a way to loosen the grip of the crisis.