In spite that the first female chief physician in Egyptian history was Merit-Ptah (c.2700 BC) and the fact that female oncologists constitute more than 50% of the staff members in comprehensive cancer centers. Nevertheless, only 7 to 10% can reach leadership positions as head of department, director, or president of cancer society or organization.
Inspired by the late Dr Nazly Gadelmawla, as pioneer female oncologist in the 70s, and her followers. W4O-Egypt was founded in 2019, but as consequence of the covid-19 pandemic, officially a call for action is established in 2022.
W4O-Egypt is taking the lead, our mission is to empower Egyptian women in various aspects of the oncology profession & to acquire leadership skills career wise as well as in the civil society services (health, political, economic, cultural….)
Kasr Al Ainy Faculty of Medicine
National Cancer Institute
Kasr Al Ainy Center of Oncology.
To empower Egyptian females in oncology for leadership professional roles.
W4O-Egypt is targeting all Egyptian female oncologists and affiliated specialties in oncology
Is not only the first female doctor known by name 'Chief Physician' but also the first woman mentioned in the study of science.
Her inscription, left by her son was found on a tomb at Saqqara naming her 'Chief Physician' a position which would have made her a teacher and supervisor of males.