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Sexual harassment, the Ikhwan and castration

“Suddenly I found my pants down, a hand between my legs. I did not know how he unbuckled my belt without me feeling him…” This is a typical statement beginning Egyptian women’s tales of sexual harassment. They almost always focus on “the belt” the first time they tell their stories as if the belt was …

Sara Abou Bakr

Kahk and groping: happy holidays

In a bitter, ironic contrast to the purity of thought and deed that are an integral part of Ramadan, scores of young Egyptian men took to the streets to chase, grope and violate women wherever they could find them.

Adel Heine

Reports of sexual harassment mar Jan. 25 anniversary

CAIRO: Protests that reignited the spirit of the revolution on the first anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising were tainted with an alarming number of reports of sexual harassment in Tahrir Square. Nancy, who headed to the square to call for freedom, says she was subjected to a horrific experience. At around 8:30 pm, she, …

DNE

Fight against sexual harassment needs to go beyond social media, activists say

By Deea Ariana CAIRO: While a call for speaking out against sexual harassment online gathered a lot of attention on the blogosphere, women’s rights activists agreed that more needs to be done to put an end to the problem. On June 20, bloggers and Twitter users took part in a campaign titled “Blogging and Tweeting …

DNE

Cabinet approves draft of amendments dealing with sexual harassment penalties

CAIRO: The Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft of amendments to the Penal Code this week that will impose harsher punishments on sex offenders. The draft of amendments, proposed by President Hosni Mubarak, was approved due to the increase in sexual assaults and violations against women, according to the Cabinet’s official website. The Cabinet’s website …

DNE

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