UN launches new anti-sexual harassment initiative in Egypt

Ahram Online, Monday 27 May 2013

Two new initiatives launched by UN Women, with one focusing on combating sexual harassment

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Women recently protest against sexual harassment in Egypt (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

UN Women launched two new initiatives in governorates in Egypt on Sunday.

The anti-sexual harassment initiative ‘Consider Her Your Sister,’ was launched at Kafr El-Sheikh university in the Delta city, implemented by members of Enactus, an international student group.

The second initiative, called ‘Start from Home,’ aims to encourage women-operated small businesses. It was launched at the university of Zagazig in Tanta.

Sexual harassment is a major problem in Egypt, with 99.3 percent of women in a recent UN study reporting they had experienced harassment.

The Egyptian government had announced late last year that it was working on drafting an anti-sexual harassment law in cooperation with the National Council for Women.

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