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AUC to organise 'MySafeUni Day' to Combat Sexual Harassment at universities

The day will feature a panel with professionals in anti-harassment offices from local and international universities titled “Universities Unite: Combating Harassment on Campus"

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Mar 2021
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The American University in Cairo (AUC) is organising 'MySafeUni Day,' a day full of activities and discussions focused on ensuring that university campuses are safe spaces and are free of sexual harassment. The event, which is part of AUC’s initiative 'AUCSpeakUp,' will be held on Monday April 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Bassily auditorium, AUC New Cairo.

The day will feature a panel of experts in anti- harassment offices from local and international universities. The panel - titled “Universities Unite: Combating Harassment on Campus” - will discuss how to ensure university campuses that are safe, sharing their experiences and the best practices.

Professionals include Amira Tawadros, Executive Manager at the Anti-Sexual Harassment Unit, Cairo University; Reem El-Mograby, Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator, AUC; Clarissa Humphreys, Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Manager, Durham University and Mitra Tauk, Equity and Title IX Coordinator, AUB.
The event will be moderated by Sunanda Holmes, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, AUC and Youssef Hashem, AUC Student and President of the AUC Debate Society. The conversation is to kick off with AUC’s Debate Society presenting students' views.

The day will also include an interactive audience-led conversation titled “Wait, Is that Harassment?" Where students along with Hania Sholkamy ’85 ’89, Associate Professor at AUC’s Social Research Centre will explore what sexual harassment means. The conversation will be accompanied by live theatre performances, that are to be carried out by AUC’s department of arts.

Part of the day is dedicated to talks by AUC notable alumni, titled “Alumni SpeakUp Talks: An Alum, A stage and A Microphone,” including Omar Samra ’00, Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Motivational speaker; Gala El-Hadidi ’05 ’07, international Mezzo-soprano; Tarek El-Ebiary '12, Actor; and Ahmed Alaa Fayed ’13, ’13, Assistant Professor of Management and Public policy at Nile University. The alumni will share their personal experiences and insights on sexual harassment, why it matters and what it means to each of them. There will also be outdoor activities, including a simple self-defense workshop, alongside booths by AUC students and several NGOs, including E7na Foundation, The Community Hub, Safe Kids and Heya Masr. 

The event is to be conducted in English with some simultaneous translations into Arabic.

To attend the event in person please register here. To attend the event virtually register here.

Hall capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis by registration only. All precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of our guests, including mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing and limiting the capacity in the hall.

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