Vinciane Jacquet Vinciane Jacquet

Vinciane Jacquet is a French freelance journalist and photojournalist. Graduated in Communication and International Public Law, Human Rights defender, she stands up for freedom of expression in all its forms, in every place, for everyone. After 2 years working as a lawyer in intellectual property and communication law, she decides to engage in journalism. After a short time in Canada as an art and culture journalist and communication officer, she moves to Cairo, Egypt, where she is still based as a freelancer and also as an editor for the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram Hebdo. In April 2014, she is among the top 10 finalists of the Freedom House contest, "Images of Repression and Freedom".

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Egypt and Harassment: Meet Those who ...
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

In Egypt, sexual harassment is a plague. Ninety nine per cent of Egyptian women say they have experienced sexual harassment and 97% say men have lewdly touched them without permission. At least 250 cases of “mass sexual rape and mass sexual assault” occurred between late 2012 and January of 2014.
Several anti harassment organizations have been formed since the 2011 revolution, all run by volunteers.
Here are two days spent with Imprint Movement (Basma) and Dad El Taharosh ("against Harassment") Movement. As large gatherings increase so do the numbers of sexual assaults. the volunteers patrolled during Eid in Talaat Harb square (downtown Cairo, Egypt) and the surrounding streets  to sensitize people to the problem of harassment, and to prevent and stop it.

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Palestine: When a School is Illegal
Khan al-Ahmar
By Vinciane Jacquet
14 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan al Ahmar, West Bank, Palestine

The Khan al-Ahmar School serves the children of the Jahalin Bedouin community in the West Bank and has been declared illegal by Israeli authorities. It is now facing possible demolition. Built in 2009, the school was constructed with mud and tires due to a lack of funds and an Israeli law that bans Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank from building structures made of cement. The children now attend school in poorly equipped classrooms with no heating, leaking ceilings, and little electricity. However, it is possible that even this primitive learning environment could be snatched from them at a moment's notice. Over 140 students are currently enrolled in the school. The nearest alternative school is located about 45 minutes away by car. The school's imminent demolition is part of a plan by Israeli authorities to displace the Jahalin Bedouin living in "Area C" of the occupied West Bank. The Khan Al-Ahmar School and Bedouin community is located in the Jerusalem periphery, between the Israeli settlements of Ma'ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. While the Jahalin Bedouin have a longstanding presence in this area (they settled in the area in 1948, after being evicted by Israel from their lands in the Negev desert), the community and school present an obstacle to Israel's planned settlement expansion and construction of the separation barrier. The community lives with the constant threat of displacement. Every year, the school administration goes to court in order to postpone the planned demolition of the school. This year they were lucky and the court sided with them. However, the order still stands and next year they may not be so lucky.

Tents and Tombstones: Bedouins in Isr...
Al-Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
10 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014
al-Araqib, Israel

Al Araqib is one of the 46 Bedouin villages in the Negev desert that the state of Israel refuses to recognize. The residents of the village, both past and present, inherited these lands from their fathers and grandfathers. Harassment from the Israeli Army and vigilanties has become commonplace for the Araqib Bedouin. The harassment dates back to 1948, when a gang of Zionist militants rounded up 14 Bedouin men working in a field in al-Araqib and summarily executed them. Since 1948, homes and properties in al-Araqib have been regularly destroyed and stolen. On July 27th, 2010, the village was totally demolished. Since then, the village has been re-built and destroyed 33 times. However, many residents were unable to stay and moved to the recognized village of Rahat. Those who did choose to stay are confined to the area of the Al-Turi cemetary and have been living under harsh conditions, always scared of an unexpected visit from the soldiers.

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Erasing Palestine: Historic Village N...
Lifta
By Vinciane Jacquet
23 Sep 2014

September 7-19, 2014
Lifta, West Bank, Palestine

The last remaining deserted, pre-1948 Palestinian village in Israel is now facing possible destruction. Located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the village of Lifta is now an empty collection of old stone houses falling into neglect. For the past 20 years, the Israeli government has been pushing to destroy the remaining buildings to make room for new luxury homes, hotels, a shopping mall, and a recreation park. The courts have rejected governmental requests to build, but the construction of a new railway line running through the village has many thinking that the end is near. In the meantime, local Israeli Jews use Lifta as a picnic spot and swim in its ancient spring. For the few surviving Palestinians who were born in Lifta, visiting their former village brings about a mix of emotions: nostalgia for an idyllic childhood spent amongst the olive groves, and bitterness at the destruction and appropriation of their home and heritage.

Lifta's inhabitants were systematically expelled by Israeli forces between 1947 and 1948. After the residents were expelled, Jewish immigrants, mostly from Yemen, moved into the empty homes. After the 6-Day War in 1967, the Israeli government offered the Jewish residents of Lifta new homes in Jerusalem. The residents happily accepted the offer and blew up the roofs of Lifta's houses before they left to ensure that no one would return to the village.

The Palestinian villages inside present day Israel which were deserted in 1948 have been largely erased from the map. While Israel still retains around 1 million Palestinian residents, many fear that the destruction of Lifta would erase, once and for all, the memory of those Palestinians who once inhabited much of present day Israel, but lost their homes when the state was created.

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"State Land"- Fresh Territory Seizure...
Bethlehem
By Vinciane Jacquet
20 Sep 2014

September 16-19, 2014
West Bank, Palestine

At the end of August, 2014 Israel seized nearly 1000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank in order to make room for new Jewish settlements. The residents of the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin, which is located on the seized land, were delivered eviction notices and had some of their farmlands destroyed, all with the purpose of having them abandon their village. The villagers have refused to leave and now face a lengthy struggle to stay on their land.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe inachevee du Roi Neferefre (2419-2416 avant J-C) a ete decouverte en 1994.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The unfinished tomb of King Neferefre (2419-2416 BC) was discovered in 1994.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Elle fait partie d'une necropole de trois tombes attenantes a la pyramide du Roi Nyuserre (2445-2421 avant J-C), reliee a celle d'un officiel, et serait probablement sa femme, la mere de son successeur le Roi Menkauhor, enterre au Nord de Saqqara.

March 25, 2014. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. Part of a necropolis of three adjacent graves at the pyramid of King Nyuserre (2445-2421 BC is connected to an official's one, probabaly that of his wife, the mother of his successor King Menkauhor, buried in Northern Saqqara.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe inachevée du Roi Neferefre (2419-2416 avant J-C) a été découverte en 1994.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The unfinished tomb of King Neferefre (2419-2416 BC) was discovered in 1994.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe de la reine Khentkaus III, appartenant a la cinquième dynastie, a été découverte a l'automne 2014 par une équipe d'archéologues tchèques sur le site d'Abou Sir, a 25 km au Sud-Ouest du Caire, dans le site historique de Saqqara.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The tomb of Queen Khentkaus III, belonging to the Fifth Dynasty, was discovered in the fall of 2014 by a team of Czech archaeologists at the site of Abu Sir, 25km southwest of Cairo, on Saqqara's historical site.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Elle fait partie d'une nécropole de trois tombes attenantes a la pyramide du Roi Nyuserre (2445-2421 avant J-C), reliée a celle d'un officiel, et serait probablement sa femme, la mere de son successeur le Roi Menkauhor, enterre au Nord de Saqqara.

March 25, 2014. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. It is part of a necropolis of three adjacent graves at the pyramid of King Nyuserre (2445-2421 BC), connected to an official's one, and would probably be his wife, the mother of his successor King Menkauhor, buried in Northern Saqqara.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Les archéologues ont découvert une inscription sur la tombe : "Femme du Roi et mère du Roi". Cela permettrait aux chercheurs de combler un vide dans la connaissance de l'Histoire de l'Ancien Royaume.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The archaeologists discovered an inscription on the tomb: "Wide of the King and mother of King". This would enable researchers to fill a gap in the knowledge of the History of the Old Kingdom.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La quatrième tombe doit toujours être fouillée, ce qui permettrait de parvenir a des résultats archéologiques finaux.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The fourth grave still must be searched, which would help complete the final archaeological findings.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Children have to buy their notebooks and school supplies themselves. However, when a family is too poor to pay for school supplies, the teachers gather money to cover the child's expenses.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Recreation time at the school. A young boy strikes a pose for the camera.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014.
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine.

Teachers run in the rain between their classrooms and the "teachers room" to bring handouts for their students.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

A young student runs back to class after playtime. The recreation area is muddy and wet due to heavy rain. The teachers wish the children could have a better space to play in because the ground is not suitable for child recreation.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

The school playground for the Bedouin children of Khan Al-Ahmar is built of tires, mud, and other scrap materials.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Harema Zhaeqq is the headmaster of the school. She is highly respected by the teachers, as they say that she is always able to find the necessary furniture for the classes, by canvassing companies in Palestine and abroad. Some companies in Palestine are hesitant to donate, because they fear sanctions from Israel. However, Ms. Zhaeqq is usually able to convince them anyway. Here, she stands beside the supplies for science classes.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

English class. The children study with bowls on the tables to capture the rain falling into the classrooms.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

The school of Khan Al-Ahmar has classes from grades 1 to 9. Children from five different Bedouin communities attend classes there. Every year, their number grows. There were 120 children for the 2013-2014 school year. In September 2014, 146 came to register.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

English class for 3rd grade children. All the children are eager to learn. They want to keep studying after the 9th grade, and often want to become doctor or lawyers because there are no medical or legal services in their community. While medical services are a basic essential for any community, legal services are significant to the West Bank Bedouin because they need lawyers to help them battle eviction orders from Israeli courts and the Israeli Army.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Signs are made visible outside of the classrooms to thank the public sponsors of the school. While thankful for the funds, the headmaster pointed out that funds are limited and they only receive funds from the European Union and Italy.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Two young girls are go to class amidst murals used to add color to the otherwise mundane surroundings.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Children in the 8th grade studying, with the shape of the tires appearing in the wall. The goal of many of the students is often to enter into a profession that is not represented in their community, like medical or legal.

Every year the school administration goes to court in order to postpone the demolition of the institution. So far, they have managed to avoid a final demolition, but the orders remain, and it is uncertain how much longer the school will remain.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Among the classrooms built of soil and rubber tires, two are built of sheet metal. These more sturdy structures are sponsored by the European Union. The State of Israel did not authorize their construction and, as a consequence, they are hidden under tents and tarps.

When materials are donated by foreign donors, like the European Union, they are still at risk of confiscation by Israeli authorities when they are shipped into the area. In February of 2014, Italy donated playground equipment. However, the entire shipment was confiscated by the Israeli Army and materials never made it to the school.