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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.