UNFPA is supporting the Campaign against Sexual Harassment lead by The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights. The campaign’s overall goal is to advance women’s status in society by promoting a culture of respect and personal rights that begins with changing the social acceptability among both men and women of sexual harassment in the street, and will eventually affect the acceptability of other violations whether on the street, at home, in the workplace or in the political sphere.
ECWR began the Campaign against Sexual Harassment, 'Making Our Streets Safe for Everyone', in late 2005. The campaign contributed to the change of the public perception on the issue of sexual harassment, encouraged media to further address the issue and fostered political support.
In the past year, several high profile officials issued statements on the seriousness of the problem, while the Ministry of Tourism issued and distributed information bulletins on street sexual harassment in Egypt. Three draft laws on sexual harassment (by the National Council for Women, Parliament Members, and ECWR's partner, the Arab Consultancy Office) were drafted to be presented to Egyptian Parliament in the coming session.
UNFPA On-line Campaign 2010 against Sexual Harassment in Egypt
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UNFPA Egypt has launched an online campaign for combating sexual harassment. The campaign consists of several questions that help reveal the attitudes of people towards the issue. The quiz was available during the month of July on several popular Egyptian websites (space donated by Sarmady) and showed that the majority of people are aware of the existence of sexual harassment and that it takes place everywhere. It also showed that although 72 percent are in favor of a law addressing the issue, almost half of the respondents will not take action if they witness harassment.
In percentages, the results of the responses revealed that:
- 18.65 percent of the respondents were women while the majority, 81 percent, were men.
- 99 percent of respondents are well aware of the existence and prevalence of sexual harassment.
- 70 percent know that sexual harassment can take place anywhere (schools, street, home and at work).
- Almost 40 percent will not do anything if they see someone harassing a woman.
- 40 percent think veiled women are not subjected to sexual harassment as much as unveiled women or foreigners.
- 72 percent think there should be a law addressing sexual harassment.