Join the AUC's My Safe Uni Day event on sexual harassment

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 30 Mar 2021

Speakers at the AUC
Speakers at the AUC's MySafeUni Day

American University in Cairo

AUC New Cairo

Mon 5, 11am-4pm (GMT+2), doors close at 10.55am: As part of AUC SpeakUp Dialog series, the AUC is organizing “MySafeUni Day,” a day full of activities and discussions focused on ensuring university campuses are safe spaces, free of sexual harassment. The event is led by AUC students, alumni and the AUC community as a whole featuring a panel with experts from local and international universities, talks by notable AUC alumni, an interactive audience-led conversation, live performances by AUC’s arts department, and outdoor activities and booths. Professionals include Amira Tawadros, executive manager, Anti Sexual Harassment Unit, Cairo University; Reem El-Mograby, director of 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 AUC general counsel and chief compliance officer Sunanda Holmes, and Youssef Hashem, AUC student and president of the AUC Debate Society. The conversation kicks off with AUC’s Debate Society presenting student views. The event will also include an interactive audience-led conversation on what harassment means lead by AUC faculty and students; live theatre performances by AUC’s Department of Arts; and talks by AUC notable alumni, 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. There will also be outdoor activities and booths by AUC students and several NGOs, such as E7na Foundation, The Community Hub, Safe Kids and Heya Masr.

Bassily Auditorium and Online

The full day of activities includes: 

11am-12.30pm: “Universities Unite: Combatting Harassment on Campus” Professionals in anti-harassment offices from AUC, the American University of Beirut, Cairo University and other institutions share challenges and best practices. The conversation kicks off with AUC’s Debate Society presenting student views.
1-2pm: “Wait, Is That Harassment?”, an interactive, audience conversation. It’s your turn to talk. Join students and Hania Sholkamy ’85, ’89, AUC associate professor, in a conversation to explore what sexual harassment means.
Alumni SpeakUp Talks: An Alum, A Stage and A Microphone. 

2-3pm: Inspirational alumni share their personal experiences and insights on sexual harassment, why it matters and what it means to each of them. The event is conducted in English with simultaneous translation into Arabic.

(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 limited capacity in the hall).

Tues 6, 7-8pm (GMT+2): This CEMS Global Leadership Series features RiseUp Founder and CEO Abdel-Hameed Sharara. This session focuses on how to lead with an entrepreneurial mindset and seeks to inspire the youth to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice to lead global innovations. The session’s link is

Wed 7, 12-2pm: Law Department Lecture Series presents the virtual online lecture “Capitalism as Civilisation: A History of International Law” featuring Senior Lecturer at Australian National University, College of Law, Ntina Tzouvala, the AUC’s Associate Professor and Chair, Law Department Thomas Skouteris and AUC’s Assistant Professor, Law Department Jason Beckett


Amir Bashtak Palace 

Al-Muaaz St, Tel 02 2787 9187

Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4pm: The training courses of the Arab Singing House students.  



Amir Taz Palace

27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581

Every Saturday and Tuesday, 1pm: Enshad Dini (religious chanting) workshop by Munshid Mahmoud Al-Tohamy.

Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: Playing on musical instruments workshop for ages from 10 to 18 years

Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: The singing workshop of Amir Taz Palace Choir trained by Heba Ramadan

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3pm: A workshop on preparing the actor with Ahmed Zakariya



Beit Al-Aini (The Child Creativity Centre)

Al-Azhar, district, behind Al Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990 

Every Saturday, 11am: A workshop for the Beit Al-Ain Children’s Choir, supervised by Prof. Eman Suleiman. Every Monday, 12noon: Wire and clay toy formation workshop, supervised by Rahma Mahgoub.

Every Wednesday, 1pm: A recycling workshop supervised by Hala Anwar.



Beit Al-Harrawi (The Arab Oud House)

Mohamed Abdu St, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2510 4174

Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4-9pm: Oud, nay, qannun, violin and percussion instruments classes given by the oud professors of the Arab Oud House. 

Every Saturday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Workshops on learning the theories of playing oud by professors Elham Alhag and Ahmed Altaweel                        

Every Saturday, 5-6pm: Workshops on the theories of playing oud for beginners by Fadi Adel Al-Hajj



Ceramic and Traditional Handicrafts Centre

1 Al-Imam St, behind Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, Al-Fustat, Old Cairo, Tel 02 2364 3103

Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Egypt’s artisans’ initiative for training on handicrafts such as porcelain, copper, Khayamiya, heritage jewellery.



The Child Creativity Centre (Beit Al-Aini)

Al-Azhar district, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990 

Every Saturday, 11am: Handicrafts workshop and Beit Al-Aini Children Choir workshop, supervised by Manal Suleiman (2pm). 

Every Monday, 3pm: Miscellaneous activities workshop.   

Every Wednesday, 11am: A workshop of skills development for people with special abilities by Doaa Fathy

Every Thursday, 12pm: A cultural day. 



French Institute of Oriental Archaeology

The Institute has launched its new website at the beginning of 2021. You can visit it through this link:

The new website is carefully designed to meet your requirements and facilitate access to information. It is also fast, easy to use, and offers a variety of content and new ways to communicate with the institute. With one click, you can view the spaces devoted to French language courses, Arabic language courses, various events in all branches (exhibitions, conferences, and cultural events). In addition to contacting the institute directly by sending your messages to any of its sectors through its website. If you have difficulty completing the French language courses at the headquarters of the French Institute in Egypt in Mounira, Heliopolis, New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed and Alexandria, you can continue them online.

It takes the health of its customers very seriously and has implemented strict health measures to provide you with the best possible educational conditions. Wearing a mask is mandatory for all and physical spacing is respected in the classroom and in the building. 

For more information flock to the institute’s website[email protected]
You can choose the branch you prefer and see the French language courses for adults and children that are appropriate for you and register there. You can also call the institute at the following numbers: 01205558639/01227484951/
01222196984, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.



Italian Cultural Institute 

Italy is celebrating the 700th death anniversary of Dante Alighieri, from 12 March to 4 July 2021. So, the Italian Institute continues to post videos in Arabic with translations from Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy to bring the Arab-speaking public closer to the work of the supreme poet. Videos are directed by Giabluca Barbadori, with the special participation of Ashraf Farouk, Amir Salaheddin, Sherine Hegazy, and Sara El Mokadem.



Manasterly Palace 

1 Al-Malek Al-Saleh St, Al-Roda Island, Manial, Tel 02 2363 1467

The International Music Centre

Fri 2, 7pm: “The National Movement and the Russian Nationalism” a lecture of music appreciation for the public not only academics. 



Talaat Harb Cultural Centre
Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174
Every Sunday and Wednesday, 2pm: The centre’s Children Choir rehearsals.  

Every Saturday and Monday, 12pm: A training course to teach how to write and read in Braine for the blind, under the supervision of the archaeologist Ahmed Mohamed Naguib. 

Every Saturday and Thursday, 12pm: Handicraft, artistic and metalworking workshops for making small handicraft projects for young people and those with special abilities. 

Every Wednesday and Friday, 10am: A workshop on preparing the actor. 

Every Wednesday and Friday, 2pm: Art expression workshop, in addition to artistic and cultural activities for normal children and those with special needs.

Every Saturday, 11am: A meeting in the framework of human skills development for people with special abilities, supervised by professors Doaa Fathy and Iman Abul-Magd



*A version of this article appears in print in the 1 April, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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