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Tadros, Mariz (2015) – Mobilising Against Sexual Harassment in Public Space in Egypt – From Blaming ‘Open Cans of Tuna’ to ‘The Harasser is a Criminal’

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Key Messages:

  • While sexual harassment was a widely prevalent social problem in Egypt during the thirty year authoritarian rule of President Mubarak, its prevalence and intensity, particularly in public spaces, has increased dramatically since the revolution of 2011.
  • Men have co-formed and led movements against harassment, in which their involvement is organic, not instrumental. Opportunities for ownership of the initiatives has attracted and sustained the interest of young men and women.
  • HarassMap and Imprint are examples of two youth-led initiatives in Egypt that are committed to changing the social acceptance of sexual harassment and the public politics that allow for its continuation.
  • In order to challenge the social norms that justify sexual harassment of women, initiatives have to continuously adapt their messages and entry points in order to create changes in social responses and political realities.
  • To sustain men’s activism in gender based violence, there needs to be sensitivity not only to the cyclical nature of movements, but to the life cycles of men themselves.

Reference

Tadros, Mariz2015. Mobilising Against Sexual Harassment in Public Space in Egypt: From Blaming ‘Open Cans of Tuna’ to ‘The Harasser is a Criminal’. United Kingdom: Institute of Development Studies, Stories of Change Series, 8.

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