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The street belongs to us - Campaign against sexual harassment: Making Egypt' s streets safer for women

15.07.2015 / Created by (EMWF)

The practice was initiated in 2004 with the aim of breaking the taboo that existed at that time, of sexual harassment. The campaign started with an approach of quantifying the problem and disseminating the figures with both media and concerned ministries. Through their advocacy work in organizing roundtable discussions, disseminating the findings of our studies and announce its results, and publicizing for the campaign.

The campaign’s strategy incorporated three main components; research, awareness-raising actions, and advocacy for legislation reform and enforcement. Within each of these components, several activitieshave taken place. The campaign has incorporated various creative and innovative tools to deliver its message. One of these tools are an online petition to enact a law against sexual harassment and an animated movie directed to children and aiming at raising a generation aware of what can be regarding as sexual harassment and how they should react in such cases.

As both the authorities and the society started to respond positively to the campaign, the strategy was shifted to cooperation and building partnerships with the concerned authorities to address the issue of sexual harassment.

This practice has been selected within the framework of the WINS CSO project "Capacity-building in theSouthern Mediterranean to Open Policy Dialogue and MonitoringforWomen IN Society" with the support of the European Union’s Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility.


Egyptian Center for Women' s Rights - ECWR


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