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300 cases of sexual harassment in first half of Eid: Watchdog

Movement formed to prevent lewd attacks on women over the holiday weekend reports several hundred violations

Ahram Online, Sunday 28 Oct 2012
Wearing vests painted with the slogan 'Anti-harassment', a group of volunteers confront a group of teasing young boys near Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Photo: AP)
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An Egyptian movement started to thwart sexual harassment during Eid Al-Adha has recorded 300 attempted attacks during the first two days of the holiday.
The initiative, dubbed 'Catch the Harasser', began on the first day of Eid, with volunteers working across central Cairo in a bid to prevent lewd attacks on women.
Sexual harassment of women is a growing problem on Egyptian streets. It usually reaches a climax during Eid when large crowds make it easier for culprits to escape unpunished.
A 2008 survey by the Egyptian Centre for Women Rights found that 83 per cent of local women and 98 per cent of foreign women had been subjected to harassment at least once.
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Tarek El Sum
29-10-2012 12:20am
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You never believe these things happen in Egypt
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29-10-2012 11:29am
Everyone believes this would happen in Egypt. You'd have to live under a rock and not be a woman to think it didn't. However, it would be nice if harassment campaigns actually made headway and heightened efforts not just for Eid, but all year round. Doesn't seem to help though. That's the real pity and I have to wonder if fathers do not teach these young men any better or if their mothers turn their heads to this behaviour. And the worst part is, it seems to be getting worse. After the revolution people think they can just do whatever they want - it's their version of democracy, e.g. they have the right to harass. And it overshadows the good people of Egypt.

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