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Actress Ashley at UN Social Good Summit
New York
By Tracey Shelton
28 Sep 2015

Actress Ashley Judd speaks to UN Foundation fellows about her work with young women, victims of sex trafficking and mental health in a private interview at the UN Social Good Summit in New York on September 28, 2015.

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Actress Frieda Pinto Speaks at UN Summit
New York
By Tracey Shelton
28 Sep 2015

Frieda Pinto, actress and activist, speaks about why she is a feminist at the UN Social Good Summit in New York, USA, on September 28, 2015. Pinto is best known for her role in the movie Slum Dog Millionaire.

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Sex Tourism: The Philippines' "Superm...
Angeles City, Philippines
By David Tacon
27 Apr 2015

Known as the ‘supermarket of sex’, Angeles City’s Fields Avenue red light strip in the Philippines originally arose to service the former Clark US Air Force Base in the Philippines. Today solo male travelers, mainly from all over Asia (but mainly South Korea), Australia, United States, Europe and the Middle East constitute the bulk of arrivals at Clark Airport, the former military airport. Men flock to Fields Avenue bars and nightclubs filled with young women from impoverished rural areas – women with little education and few prospects. For around US$70 the men pay a bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to take a young woman back to their hotel. The women keep a third of this fee. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

The booming industry in sex tourism in the Philippines since the closure of Clark Air Force Base has left behind a generation of children, many of whom have never known and will never know their fathers.

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Syrian refugees detained in Egypt 2
Egypt , Alexandria , police station
By Ahmed Medhat
17 Mar 2015

A young Syrian girl sleeps on the ground inside the police station in Karmooz, Alexandria.

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Syrian refugees detained in Egypt 8
Egypt , Alexandria
By Ahmed Medhat
17 Mar 2015

Detained Syrian women. A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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A Contemporary Hell: Life Inside a Ba...
Faridpur, Bangladesh
By Miguel Candela
07 Mar 2015

Prostitution in Bangladesh has been legal since the year 2000. However, as Bangladesh is a conservative Muslim country, prostitution carries negative social stigmas. Despite this, severe poverty and economic stagnation have forced women previously employed in other sectors to become prostitutes. Furthermore, many sex workers are underage and child prostitution is rife. Female sex workers are often abused and and always underpaid, earning as little as $0.50 per customer.

However, there is growing awareness among sex workers and they have started to organize themselves in unions. One organization of sex workers is called the “Prostitute Association of Faridfur,” founded in Faridpur district, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. These associations were formed to establish a “union” among sex workers and protect them from abuse. Despite the face of a unified force in having associations to represent these sex workers, radical Islamic conservatives have openly condemned these women. In 2010, these radicals burned a brothel to the ground. That incident injured two women and left all of the other tenants homeless. 

These photos offer intimate portraits of women who's daily lives consist of abuse and exploitation as they struggle to survive on the fringes of one of the poortest societies on earth. 

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Robert, 18 months, and his mother, Mylene, 37, at their home in Balibago. Mylene used to recruit girls from Manila for work in Angles City red light district and met Robert's father a US citizen while at Owl's Nest, a go go bar in Fields Avenue. After a 20 month relationship with the 55 year old three-time divorcess who lives in the Philippines on a tourist visa, he left Mylene for another woman. Although the father signed Robert's birth certificate his new girlfriend convinced him not to get his son a US passport. He sends money to Mylene and his son occasionally.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Robert, 18 months, and his mother, Mylene, 37, at their home in Balibago. Mylene used to recruit girls from Manila for work in Angles City red light district and met Robert's father a US citizen while at Owl's Nest, a go go bar in Fields Avenue. After a 20 month relationship with the 55 year old three-time divorcess who lives in the Philippines on a tourist visa, he left Mylene for another woman. Although the father signed Robert's birth certificate his new girlfriend convinced him not to get his son a US passport. He sends money to Mylene and his son occasionally.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Azumi, 2 years old, and her mother Angelica, 25, at accommodation provided to them by Renew, a charity that helps Filipina women leave the sex trade. Azumi's mother claims her father is a German named Ralf, 50, who is the owner of Camelot bar on the Fields Avenue red light strip. Ralf has been confronted by both Azumi's father and a represntative from Renew, but he denies that Azumi is his daugher and also refuses to take a paternity test. Angelica is now in her second year of a college degree.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Azumi, 2 years old, and her mother Angelica, 25, at accommodation provided to them by Renew, a charity that helps Filipina women leave the sex trade. Azumi's mother claims her father is a German named Ralf, 50, who is the owner of Camelot bar on the Fields Avenue red light strip. Ralf has been confronted by both Azumi's father and a represntative from Renew, but he denies that Azumi is his daugher and also refuses to take a paternity test. Angelica is now in her second year of a college degree.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Peter, 8, and his mother Grace, 35, with a picture of Peter's Australian father, Max, Peter and the child of a family friend taken during one of Max's visits to the Philippines. Grace met Max when she was 24 and he was 78, while she was working in a bar in Angeles City's red light district. Unlike many children of sex tourists' Peter's father signed the boy's birth certificate, helped him obtain an Australian passport and bought them the house in which they live. Grace and Peter have not heard or received financial support from Peter's father in four months. Grace hopes to obtain welfare payments from the Australian government.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Peter 8, at a small restaurant near his home in Balibago. His mother Grace met Peter's Australian father when she was 24 and he was 78, while she was working in a bar in Angeles City's red light district. Unlike many children of sex tourists' Peter's father signed the boy's birth certificate, helped him obtain an Australian passport and bought them the house in which they live. Grace and Peter have not heard or received financial support from Peter's father in four months. Grace hopes to obtain welfare payments from the Australian government.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Peter 8, and some of his classmates outside the Learn Yearn Nurture School for Young near his home in Balibago. Four of the 50 students at this private primary school have Australian fathers.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 7, (right) sits in her family's home in the Hadrian 3 slum as her grandfather washes vegetables. Francine whose father is Australian lives with, her mother, her five half siblings, her aunt and her two children and her grandfather in their 70 sq metre home. Francine has never met her father who ceased contact with her mother shortly after she informed him that she was pregnant. Her father met her mother while she was working at a bar on the Fields Ave red light strip.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R):- Francine, 7, her mother Susan, 35 and her son 19 month old son James in their home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Francine has never met her father who ceased contact with her mother shortly after she informed him that she was pregnant. Her father met her mother while she was working at a bar on the Fields Ave red light strip. Susan receives money from her Filipino boyfriend, the father of James, sent from Saudi Arabia where he works in construction.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 7, whose father is an Australian, with her 19 month old half brother James. Francine's father had a one night stand with her mother while she was working at Blue Nile go go bar in the Fields Avenue red light strip. Francine has never met her father and her mother has no contact with him.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 7, whose father is an Australian sits in her home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Francine has never met her father, a sex tourist with whom her mother has no contact.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Tristan, 3, (second from right) his mother Jennifer 32, Tristan's half sister Fiona, 7 (second from left and a cousin (left) look at a picture of Tristan's Australian father, which his mother saved from his Facebook account. Jennifer met Tristan's father, Jason, an Australian now living in America while she was working at Dolls House go go bar on the Fields Ave red light strip and visited Tristan when he was one month old. Tristan and his family live next to a garbage dump in the Hadrian 3 slum and receive occasional fanancial and material suport from Jason, a manager at Ikea in California and his parents.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Fiona, 7, Tristan, 5, and their mother Jennifer 32, at their home in the Hardian 3 slum. Jennifer met Tristan's father, Jason, an Australian now living in America while she was working at Dolls House go go bar on the Fields Ave red light strip and visited Tristan when he was one month old. Tristan receives occasional financial and material support from Jason, a manager at Ikea in California and his grandparents.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - , Nelcy, 30, Renz, 8, (left) whose father is believed to be Norwegian and his mother Nelcy, 30 (second from left) with his two half brothers at their home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Nelcy says Renz's father, Frank, who is in his 60s and lives in the Philppines with his Filipina wife was a regular at the Dirty Dog go go bar where she used to work. After she became pregnant, she was unable to contact Frank. When she saw him on the street after her child was born and she approached him, he refused to believe he was father to her child. "Sometimes he's bullied by others kids because he's different", says Nelcy, "but he always fights back."

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 35, (top left) and at their home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Francine, 7, (right) has never met her father who ceased contact with her mother shortly after she informed him that she was pregnant. Her father met her mother while she was working at a bar on the Fields Ave red light strip. Susan receives money from her Filipino boyfriend, the father of James, sent from Saudi Arabia where he works in construction.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Bar workers in bikinis stand on a podium at 'Crystal Palace' go-go bar on Fields Avenue. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base, which closed in 1991, is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. At bars such as this one on the Fields Ave 'Walking Stret, bar workers earn one third of the approx $70 bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to go home with a customer. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Bar workers in bikinis stand on a podium at 'Sea Star' go-go bar on Fields Avenue. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. At bars such as this one on the Fields Ave 'Walking Street,' bar workers earn one third of the approximately $70 bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to go home with a customer. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Traffic is slow on a Monday evening on the Fields Avenue 'Walking Street'. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. Most visitors fly in for the weekend.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Pole dancers peform at 'Dolls House' go-go bar, one of the largest estabishments on Fields Avenue. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. At bars such as this one on the Fields Ave 'Walking Stret, bar workers earn one third of the approx $70 bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to go home with a customer. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

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Fighting for Human Rights in Lebanon
Beirut
By Cherine Yazbeck
10 Dec 2014

Beirut, Lebanon
December 9, 2014

The world will celebrate the International Day for Human Rights on December 10 this year while human rights in Lebanon are notoriously bad. Lebanon prides itself that Lebanese philosopher Charles Malik was the official rapporteur for the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights in 1948, which drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
According to Lebanese psychoanalyst and human rights activist Reina Milad Sarkis, the government should create a ministry for human rights to put an end to abuses against women and other human rights violations.
Nisrine Rouhana, a Lebanese mother of two, was the victim of a gruesome murder.
Her husband is accused of abducting her and taking her to a remote area where he killed her and dumped her body in a forest.
According to Nisrine’s family, her husband had beaten her for 15 years and killed her when she took legal action against him.
Nisrine’s case fuelled a heated debate in Lebanon about the need for stricter laws to limit violence against women. In the past two years, Lebanese media shed the light on several similar cases in which married women are believed to be killed by their husbands following a history of domestic abuse.
Female migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are also widely abused and suffer circumstances that are akin to slavery.
Sarkis believes that there is need for a radical solution to end violence against women in Lebanon; the government should act on legal and cultural levels to change women’s dim reality and provide citizens and residents of Lebanon with basic rights.

Shot List

1 Wide of Reina Milad Sarkis entering room.
2 Close up of Reina Milad Sarkis’s face.
3 Various of Reina Milad Sarkis.

4 SOUNDBITE (French) Reina Milad Sarkis, psychoanalyst and human rights activist (Woman)

“Lebanon adheres to human rights values and the International Human Rights Charter -- Lebanon has participated in drafting and signing it. Lebanon would like to present itself to the region [Middle East] as a country that holds the values of tolerance and freedom; all the values that are included in the Human Rights Charter. “Human rights are about dignity of citizens and all residents in a given country – the right of movement, the freedom of belief, etc. “Being in a region like the Middle East, I believe that Lebanon is – in theory – a country that would like to carry certain values. “Unfortunately, since the 1950s – precisely in 1948 – circumstances did not allow reconciliation between what Lebanon pretends to be and what it really is. “Women are beaten every day. There are scandals in the news that are beyond imagination. Women are beaten by abusive husbands. There are women who die and their husbands, literally, [gets] away with murder. “Women are not protected as they should be. There are also scandals about foreign [domestic] workers], accusations of slavery. This cannot be tolerated. “Things are going from bad to worst, the situation is becoming worst. These values are disintegrating and there is a real change, which is very dangerous. “I think that the Lebanese government, which is notoriously absent from this issue, should fill its role and create a symbolic and efficient space to take care of human rights in this country – hence comes the idea of creating a human rights ministry. “We have victims and even with the presence of NGOs the situation [has not changed]. The biggest absent is the government. The situation is deteriorating and there is a really terrifying wave of violence, horror, and atrocity. “We are at a point where we should choose – either we give up and say there is nothing we could do and we let go any of hope, or we try –perhaps as a last attempt – to do something; there might me something that we could save. Human rights are not a luxury… it is not secondary. It is something extremely basic. It means having the right to eat when you are hungry; it is the right to go to school; and to receive treatment. “The government should give these basic things to its citizens so that they would be able to worry about other things. “When we reach the point where there is an extremism that presents itself as religious – a moralizing extremism that is very oppressive; when this phenomenon becomes the norm; when we are shocked when someone tries to do something for human rights, I think there is a real problem.

“There is a distortion of conception (…).There is a degeneration, an erosion that is taking place with time. There is a lack of a state of law. There are peculiar mentalities. “It is true that individual rights are complicated by religion and tradition, but it is not at all a question of Shiite –Sunni [divide]. “Nisrine is a woman who was abused during 20 years of married life, beaten every day, and ended up being killed by her husband. We still do not know if her husband will receive the punishment he deserves – probably not. It will not of the same proportion as of the crimes’. This woman was not protected; she could not resort to a law that could protect her. She is a Christian woman, married to a Christian, her kids are Christian and her family is Christian. “I think there is a real problem when it comes to laws. They need to be [reformed], more honest, a little less hypocrite, and a little more realistic. “I do not think that these problems are because of ISIS. There is an urgent need for reforms. “On the other hand, Lebanon has many good laws; laws that are humane but not applied because of mentalities that are changing for the worse. NGOs were able to push things a little, but they do not have any authority. They cannot draft and issue laws.”

5 Wide of women in the street.
6 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sally Rizk, Social worker from Caritas (Woman)
“What I notice the most is that wages [of foreign domestic workers] are not paid. Other cases include beating , physical harm and rape.” 7 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Unnamed foreign domestic worker (Woman)
“I came to Lebanon two years ago. My boss was not good to me (…) she did not pay me or give me food. Whenever I asked for money to send it to Bangladesh, she used to beat me up and say that my work was not good, even though I worked hard. “They would let me to sleep only at 11 pm or midnight and then wake me up at 5 am or 4:30 am. They didn't give me anything. They didn't allow me to talk with another girl. They did not allow me to leave home.”

8 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sally Rizk, Social worker from Caritas (Woman)

“We receive girls [foreign domestic workers], calm them down and talk to them. We fill in a social file and then refer them to the legal department. We cooperate with General Security and courts if necessary. “As you saw, that girl was not paid. The General Security conducts an investigation with the sponsor. In some cases [the worker] gets her rights through the General Security or in other cases we have to resort to a lawyer to file a lawsuit.”

9 Wide of Syrian refugees in Lebanon protesting their treatment.
10 Wide of people playing sports in Beirut.
11 Wide of Ashura procession.
12 Wide of mosque in Beirut.

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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.