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Asylum Seekers in Spain 03
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
08 Jun 2015

Alejandro Antonio González, 22, from Guatemala, attends a session with his psychologist, provided by the local NGO Exil in Barcelona, Spain.
Alejandro arrived in Barcelona in September 2013, after being bullied for his homosexual condition for many years back home: his father repudiated him, police used to harass him and his friends in public areas and he was even once kidnapped and raped by two unknown men. He is happy to be now in Barcelona where he attends a psychologist who helps him feel free to express his sexuality. He actively participates in sexual education campaigns for the gay community and he would like to become a nurse in the future.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 48
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
08 Jun 2015

Alejandro Antonio González (right), 22, from Guatemala, has a drink with one of his best friends in Barcelona, Spain.
Alejandro arrived in Barcelona in September 2013, after being bullied for his homosexual condition for many years back home: his father repudiated him, police used to harass him and his friends in public areas and he was even once kidnapped and raped by two unknown men. He is happy to be now in Barcelona where he attends a psychologist who helps him to feel free to express his sexuality, he actively participates in sexual education campaigns for the gay community and he would like to become a nurse in the future.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 02
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
08 Jun 2015

Alejandro Antonio González (center), 22, from Guatemala, walks in Barcelona city center, Spain, with two of his best friends.
Alejandro arrived in Barcelona in September 2013, after being bullied for his homosexual condition for many years back home: his father repudiated him, police used to harass him and his friends in public areas and he was even once kidnapped and raped by two unknown men. He is happy to be now in Barcelona where he attends a psychologist who helps him feel free to express his sexuality, he actively participates in sexual education campaigns for the gay community and he would like to become a nurse in the future.

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Egypt and Harassment 01
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. In downtown Cairo, not far from Talaat Harb Square, a young girl is walking alone quietly as male volunteers from feminist associations are patrolling to make the street safe for her and the other women.

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Egypt and Harassment 03
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. A member of feminist association Basma gives jackets to the volunteers who are going to patrol the streets. The yellow jackets are for the team leaders, the orange ones for the other team members.

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Egypt and Harassment 04
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. After they receive their jackets, volunteers are separated into several teams which patrol the streets to stop sexual harassment of women. Yellow jackets are the team leaders. There will be two per team.

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Egypt and Harassment 06
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. Walking in formation, two teams of volunteers are taking their places. Each team will be managed by two leaders, here with yellow jackets. One team leader will be at the front of the line, the second at the back.

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Egypt and Harassment 07
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. cairo, Egypt. On Talaat Harb square, one of the most important squares of downtown Cairo, a female member of association Dad El Taharosh ("Against Harassment") is talking to a man about the aims of the association, street harassment and women's rights. On the left, a young man from the "Blue jackets" in charge of public awareness.

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Egypt and Harassment 08
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. Beside the "Yellow and Orange" teams, here are three persons from the Blue jackets team. The Blue jackets are in charge of the public awareness of women's rights in the streets.

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Egypt and Harassment 16
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. As another case of harassment is witnessed and reported, a team leader (yellow jacket) is taking charge of the alledged harasser. The rest of the team will stay close by to both protect them and prevent the crowd from interfering.

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Egypt and Harassment 17
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. The volunteers stand around the harasser in a circle. The team leader who is holding him firmly with his arm. The other volunteers are holding hands to prevent anyone from breaking the circle.

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Egypt and Harassment 18
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. Youth in the street are following the volunteers to know what is going to happen to the harasser. They stopped the volunteers several times to ask what happens. When they hear that it is a case of harassment, they do not understand what is wrong and answer "So what?"

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Egypt and Harassment 19
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. While a harasser is being brought to the police station, a team leader has to stop to explain the situation to the youth who are following.

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Egypt and Harassment 20
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

October 6, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. Arrival at the police station to file a report for harassment. A witness has agreed to testify. Young men follow the volunteer crew, asking questions and for some of them, defending the harasser.

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Egypt and Harassment 02
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. A group of teenagers are walking on Talaat Harb square, downtown Cairo. They are taught very young that their role is to keep women in their place. Consequently, harassers may be young boys not older that 12. Harassment is not necessarily physical or violent, but can be verbal or passive, like following a woman in the street for a long time.

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Egypt and Harassment 05
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. To improve public awareness, feminist associations Basma and Dad El Taharosh ("Against Harassment") which organized the patrols, set up a small information booth on the sidewalk. Despite the official announcement by the Egyptian government and president Sissi to act aggressively to stop harassment and protect women, the police ordered the removal of the booth.

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Egypt and Harassment 09
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. A case of street harassment has been detected by one of Basma's team. The volunteers (in blue t-shirts with yellow or orange jackets), still in line formation, are going to carry out a very well prepared group action to arrest the harasser.

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Egypt and Harassment 10
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. Volunteers are holding hands and making a circle around the harasser to prevent the crowd from interfering and the harasser from escaping. This is the first step of their action on the ground. The volunteers will keep the circle formation to walk the harasser to the nearest police station.

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Egypt and Harassment 11
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. The harasser has been taken in charge by the volunteers whoare now taking him to the nearest police station. Challenges are now to prevent the crowd from interfering, the harasser from running away, and to convince the victim to file a case.

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Egypt and Harassment 12
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. The harasser has been brought to a police truck nearby. A new anti sexual harassment law and a call on the Egyptian authorities to ensure its enforcement were made in June 2014. The law defines "sexual harassment" for the first time in Egypt's history. However the police will often try to dissuade women to file a complaint. In a worst case scenario, policemen themselves may abuse women, as reported in May 2015 by the FIDH.

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Egypt and Harassment 13
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. Volunteers of associations Basma and Dad El Taharosh ("Against Harassment") are patrolling in the streets near Talaat Harb square, downtown Cairo. They will do so until late into the night, because that is when there are the most cases of harassment, especially when streets are crowded because of a religious or political event.

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Egypt and Harassment 14
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. A team member of the Blue Jackets, in charge of public awareness, is adressing two young Egyptians. Most of them do not understand the volunteers' action as they do not see harassment as a problem or something bad.

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Egypt and Harassment 15
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
05 Oct 2014

October 5, 2014. Cairo, Egypt. A team of volunteers from the associations Basma and Dad El Taharosh ("Against harassment") is listening to a briefing in the middle of their shift. They will take a break of 15 minutes before they go back patrolling in the streets.

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Sexual Harassment, and he who faces i...
Egypt
By Norman Halim
07 Oct 2013

Award wining video on the influence of Egyptian heroes who stand in against sexual harassment and the impact they have on society.

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Stolen Brides: Syrian Refugee Women i...
Al Mafraq, Jordan
By Sharron Ward
29 Mar 2013

An exclusive powerful film exposing the sexual exploitation and abuse of Syrian refugee women who are subjected to "pleasure marriages," rape, kidnapping and sexual harassment in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan.
Duration: 10 minutes
Format: HD 16:9 1080i 1920 x 1080 25 fps, Apple Pro Res HQ 422 PAL
Viewing format: 4:3 low res version

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Rula Quawas (4 of 10)
Amman, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
04 Mar 2013

Professor Rula Quawas lectures at the University of Jordan on March 4, 2013.

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Rula Quawas (3 of 10)
Amman, Jordan
By Mat Wolf
04 Mar 2013

Professor Rula Quawas lectures at the University of Jordan on March 4, 2013.

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Women rescued from Tahrir mob by men ...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Around 9pm on the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising, a group of men used flamethrowers, knives, and clubs to protect a group of women, including prominent public figure Gameela Ismail, from a mob assault on the edge of Tahrir Square. The men also rescued at least four other women from the mob, one of whom had been stripped naked. The women rescued from the mob were part of the Egyptian Women for Change group and had just led a march into the square.

Among the men protecting the women were members of the Dostour Party and the 'Black Bloc,' who jumped the fence with knives and clubs to come to the women's aid.

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Black Bloc members jump fence to help...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Around 9pm on the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising, a group of men used flamethrowers, knives, and clubs to protect a group of women, including prominent public figure Gameela Ismail, from a mob assault on the edge of Tahrir Square. The men also rescued at least four other women from the mob, one of whom had been stripped naked. The women rescued from the mob were part of the Egyptian Women for Change group and had just led a march into the square.

Among the men protecting the women were members of the Dostour Party and the 'Black Bloc,' who jumped the fence with knives and clubs to come to the women's aid.

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"BE A MAN" CAMPAIGN - Editor's Picks ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
08 Nov 2012

Sexual Harassment is on the rise in Egypt and has been a growing issue since several young women were assaulted and stripped of their clothing by a mob in downtown Cairo in 2006.

According to a survey issued by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights in 2008, 83% of Egyptian women and 98% of foreign women have experienced sexual harassment at least once.

Shirin Badr, a marketing manager at a design company, is working on a campaign called "Be a Man," which she started after documenting incidences of harassment on the metro with her mobile phone and posting them on the internet. The campaign works to educate the Egyptian public and support women's rights.

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Stop The Rise Of Sexual Harassment
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
06 Nov 2012

Sexual harassment has been dramatically on the rise in Egypt. It peaks during public holidays.

2006 marked the most horrific incident of harassment when several girls were brutally harassed and stripped of their clothes by a mob during Eid El-Fitr celebrations in downtown Cairo. The event played a major role in bringing the issue of harassment in Egypt to light.

According to a survey issued in 2008 by the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, 83 per cent of women in Egypt and 98 percent of foreign women have been exposed to sexual harassment at least once.

The complaints office at the National Council for Women has set up the hotline number 08-008-883-888 for receiving complaints about harassment during Eid al-Adha.

A group of Egyptian's pages on Facebook express a mission for monitoring sexual harassment in the Metro, by sharing women's experiences with sexual harassment through photos and videos.

*Interview Transcription:

My name is Shirin Badr, an Egyptian girl, and I work as the marketing manager at "Old Design" company. I also participated in "Yalla 3elm" website for long-distance education. Now I'm working on a campaign called "Be a Man."

"Be a Man" started when I was facing problems at the Metro station. I started taking the women's compartment, but of course there was no security so we had men in the compartment as well. So I started filming the compartment and broadcast the videos on Facebook and Twitter. The campaign was very effective. Once I got a call from a man telling me that I exposed his brother, and that he is afraid of going out and that he shaved his hair. The man was very supportive toward me and he told me that he is glad of what I did to his brother.

The next step was that I tried to get a man out of the compartment, but he refused so I started recording, using my cell phone camera. The result was that he hit me and the women in the compartment asked me to shut my mouth. I tried to stop the Metro and take him to the police, while women at the Metro helped him to run away.

From there, "Be a Man" started and more people wanted to participate in the campaign. As a team we started putting stickers in the women's compartments with the slogans, "Women's compartment, be aware of theft."
This was all in vain...the security officers were embarrassed so they started to check the Metro compartments for an hour or two in one or two stations, but what about the rest of the day? What about the other stations?

Besides the campaign we started to work on another issue, sexual harassment. We began to go down to the street and talk to people about sexual harassment and its causes, cooperating with other movements who also work on the same issue.

Recently we decided to sue both the Interior and the Transportation Minsters for the violations in the Metro. So we contacted some of the Metro employees who have papers that confirm the security breaches in the Metro, but they're absolutely afraid of talking about it because they tried to complain four times, and their complaints were neglected.

For everybody who wants to participate with us in this campaign, they can contact the lawyer Muhammad Othman Ahmad Othman, and he will work according to people complaints.

I am glad for what we've reached. Now I see a girl in the Metro asking men to get out of women's compartment, and some women said that they don't want to get in the women's compartment because of women recording men in the compartment. The negativity is infectious and the positivity as well. We need this infection.
Because the lack of security causes sexual harassment and theft, and this is not civilized at all.
When the Metro was invested in by a French company it was clean, well organized, and always on time. Now if you see a security man he will be smoking a cigarette in the compartment.

A friend of mine was in the Metro and there was a security officer and a man in the women's compartment. She tried to get the man out of the compartment, but the security officer hit her, dragged her, and kicked her. This is a disaster!

As for the sexual harassment, there are many reasons, but some people say that it's because of what girls wear. How about Saudi Arabia, the country with the third highest number of sexual harassment incidents, where women are all veiled and decent?
They blame the victim and give the criminal tens of excuses.
The last major incident was in Assiut with Sahar, the girl who got shot because she refused to be sexually harassed.
Our law is old, and a sexual predator forces girls to be armed. Two weeks ago a boy harassed a girl, and she took a knife out of her purse and cut him. This is a disaster. People should do something and girls should talk.
We should educate our sons that these girls are your sisters, and you have to protect them.

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Tantawi: General of Sexual Harassment
Tahrir, Square, Cairo, Egypt
By thembalewis
11 Mar 2011

A revolutionary holds a placard in Tahrir Square denouncing Field Marshall Tantawi's response to sexual harassment in Egypt.