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No complaints of harassment in Egypt received during Eid Al-Fitr: National Council for Women

The harassment perpetrators in Egypt face up to five years in jail and EGP 50,000 in fines

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 May 2021
Muslim worshippers queue outside al-Azhar mosque in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 13, 2021, to a
Muslim worshippers queue outside al-Azhar mosque in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 13, 2021, to attend Eid al-Fitr prayer, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. AFP
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The operations room of the National Council for Women (NCW) announced on Sunday it has not received any complaints of harassment during five-day long Eid Al-Fitr vacation.
 
In a statement the Director General of the NCW’s Women’s Complaints Office Amal Abdel Moneim stressed that the operations room indeed received many calls inquiring about personal status-related issues, family violence, inheritance and human trafficking.
 
The NCW’s operations room receives via hotline 10110 or via WhatsApp number 01007525600 any complaint or inquiry daily from 9am till 9pm.
 
According to Egyptian laws, harassment perpetrators face up to five years in jail and EGP 50,000 in fines.
 
The NCW has launched several awareness campaigns in cooperation with Egyptian celebrities against sexual harassment.
 
According to a New York-based Population Council study issued in October, 40 percent of women aged between 13 and 35 have been physically or verbally assaulted on Egypt’s streets and in public transport modes. In informal, urban, and rural areas assault was reported at 61.6 percent, 47.7 percent, and 32.6 percent, respectively.
 
The study was funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre and conducted in coordination with the Egypt-based Women and Society Association and the Youth of Today Association. 
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