[ View the story "Egyptians say 'enough' to sexual harassment" on Storify] Egyptians say 'enough' to sexual harassment Recent assaults on female protesters reinvigorate a campaign to end sexual harassment in Egypt.
Storified by The Stream · Wed, Jun 13 2012 19:19:27
Where is the respect?Where is the decency?Where is our unity to fight against sexual harassment?
It takes both men and women to stand together against harassment of women.
Sexual harassment in Egypt is a well-documented problem. However, campaigns against the growing epidemic have taken on new fervor under the banner of last year's revolution. In June 2011, protesters organised
an online campaign
against sexual harassment using the hashtag #endSH. This year, they took the campaign to the streets.On Friday June 8th, a group of both women and men marched to Tahrir Square in response to the earlier assault. At the rally, female protesters again faced harassment from a large group of men who suddenly attacked the rally.
Sarah El Deeb, an Associated Press reporter covering the protest, tweeted what she saw:
The men in the march #EndSH fended off against attackers but the number was huge and some women were corneredSarah El Deeb
The assault on the march of #EndSH was by many men- this was targeted to break it up and offend and assault participants.Sarah El Deeb
A year after the first campaign, and in response to the latest attacks, netizens called on people to share their thoughts on sexual harassment:
Tweeting and blogging day against sexual harassment has started. Use the hashtag #EndSH and share ur thoughts!Sally Zohney سالي
Tweets varied from personal experience with harassment and victimisation to concerns over the larger societal impact of the assaults for Egypt.
dreaming of that day I can walk where I want , dress what i like, back from work late without fear, move in marches without watchman #endshRaneem Afifi
When one of us is attacked, it is an attack against all of us! We will not tolerate sexual harassment #EndSH #EgyptLeil-Zahra
Imagine someone grabbing ur breast, ur ass, pulling ur skirt or lifting them up and ur blamed. How does it feel? #EndSHSally Zohney سالي
Those that blame harassment on women are the same that blame rape on the victim. They think their own sister/wife/daughter is immune #EndSHNancy Elshami
Sexual Harassment is a global problem but only in #egypt do we have a socially accepted understanding to blame the victim. #endSHHannah Edwar
Sexual harassment makes #Egypt look as bad as the trash on the streets. Roadside cleanup would be 1 fitting punishment for the crime. #endSHGhazala Irshad
Egyptian artists stepped in to contribute their own pieces for the campaign.Cartoonist
created a series of drawings calling for a revolt against the acceptance of harassment in Egyptian society:
Egyptian blogger Amani Massoud
posted a note on Facebook
describing her experiences with sexual harassment, and how it persisted during and after the revolution:
"I am revolting now against sexual harassment as I revolted then against political harassment."
The Stream recently spoke with journalist Mona Eltahawy and writer Nesrine Malik about women's rights in the Middle East. Watch what they had to say here:
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