No. of pages: 26
Publication date: 16 March 2010
Author: UNFPA Regional Syria Response Hub
This sociological study, conducted by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR), addresses one of the most important issues that affects a women's life at all levels of society as well as socially and economically: sexual harassment. The study focuses on the phenomenon in various aspects and provides a comprehensive view on this recently growing issue.
Sexual harassment has become an overwhelming and very real problem experienced by all women in Egyptian society, often on a daily basis, in public places such as markets, public transportation and the streets, as well as in private places such as educational institutions, sports clubs, and the workplace.
The study was conducted as part of the "Making our Streets Safer for Everybody" campaign, which was launched in 2004, in reaction to a high number of complaints reaching ECWR. Both Egyptian and foreign women contacted ECWR complaining about an increase of sexual harassment. The resulting study is an attempt to perform an in-depth analysis of public opinion and the different attitudes of males as well as females, and trying to clarify the context in which sexual harassment is most likely to take place.
It also analyzes the relationship between clothing and harrasment, concluding that no connection exists between the two, as most women experiencing sexual harassment are veiled. The study also aims at analyzing the economic status of the harassers and other reasons often used to justify harrasment.
The study targeted a sample of 2,020 Egyptian participants, 1,010 of whom were female and another 1,010 male. The sample also included 109 foreign women living and travelling in Egypt for different reasons. The study aims to help break the silence of women on the issue, emphasising that women are neither alone nor guilty and that they can speak freely about their experiences.