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Alexandrians employ campaign to counter sexual harassment

Activists in Egypt's second largest city pressure the ministry of interior to tackle sexual harassment

Ahram Online, Tuesday 15 Oct 2013

'Harass the Harasser' campaign's members in Alexandria, 15th October 2013 (Photo: Mansour Hamdy)
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Tens of activists in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria marked the first day of Eid al-Adha with a campaign dubbed 'Harass the Harasser' in an attempt to bar the sexual harassment of women.

The campaigners were active within the busiest districts of the Mediterranean city, where chances of sexual harassment are high, such as San Stefano, the vicinity of the Biblotheque, Mahat El-Raml, in addition to several public parks.

"The aim of the campaign is to stand against sexual harassment, which is prevalent in holidays," Mansour Hamdy, one of the campaigners told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website, pointing out that the campaign was active in Cairo last year.

According to Hamdy, the campaign is dependent on volunteers.

Hamdy went on to add that their aim isn't just to stop harassment from taking place, but also to expose it and put pressure on state-institutions, particularly the ministry of interior, to uphold its duty to protect citizens.

Sexual harassment has been a growing problem in Egypt. More than 99 percent of hundreds of women surveyed in seven of the country's 27 governorates reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment, ranging from minor harassment to rape, according to an April report by the UN, Egypt's Demographic Centre and the National Planning Institute.

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Allen
17-10-2013 10:45pm
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Congratulations
This should have been done long ago, and all across Egypt. Every family, father & mother should take steps to make sure their kids respect women. Make them know, their mother or sister could be the next victim. This should not be enforced just by a few in green vests.
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Youssef Hosny Mubarak
17-10-2013 03:42pm
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Great (y) !
well done may god bless you (y)
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Egyptian abroud
17-10-2013 07:46am
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First step to gain back the lost respect to Egypt and Egyptians
In the last two years The world get used to see every day young Egyptians demonstrating in the street with either stones or fire in their hands as will as unattractive expressions on their faces. That scared the tourests a way, put the investors and their famelies off living and doing busyness in Egypt. We hope that what theses ctivists doing by pressuring the ministry of interior to tackle sexual harassment are the beginning of the corrcet way to think and to take action towards the right path. Well done people.
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Egyptian
16-10-2013 02:17pm
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Well done guys
These constructive young people is what Egypt needs, not those who Demonstrant 10 times/day,7 days/week,and 30 days/month? We take our hat off for you guys. You have the Respekt of the whole world
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Sam Enslow
16-10-2013 11:02am
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Congratulation to the People of Alexandria
It is wonderful to see the people of Alexandria take charge of a problem that affects not only Egyptians but also foreign tourists. The are no making any excuses to justify this terrible behavior that is a plague in Egypt. Everyone in Egypt talks of respecting women. It is nice to hear people say if that is true, the men of Egypt should treat women with respect, deeds not words. A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Good luck.
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Carmela Ruby
16-10-2013 05:38am
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I welcome your coverage on this issue. It is vital worldwide to women AND men, and certainly their children, that the problem be recognized and acknowledged, followed by hard work by all of us to put a stop to sexual harassment. Thank you.
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