Egypt: Plans for Sexual Harassment Film Unveiled

Date posted: April 29, 2009


 

After the success of Egypt's Anti-Harassment Day, Egyptian blogger Asser Yasser invited women to share their personal experiences with this issue.

Asser wrote:

بنعمل فيلم تسجيلى إستقصائى بالجهود الذاتية يهدف لرصد ظاهرة التحرشات فى الشارع المصرى
الفيلم لا يتبع أى جهة رسمية أو قناة فضائية أو محلية ولا أى مركز ابحاث
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طبيعة الفيلم تقوم على متابعة عدد من الفتيات والسيدات على الطبيعة أثناء سيرهم فى الشارع بالكاميرا
لمدة 5 دقائق .. وتصوير المضايقات التى يمكن أن يتعرضن أثناء سيرهن فى الشارع على الطبيعة
ثم يتم حصر عدد المضايقات بالنسبة لعدد الفتيات أو السيدات محل الدراسة
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مطلوب متطوعات لتصوير الفيلم
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We are currently working on an independent documentary to monitor and record sexual harassment on Egyptian streets. The documentary is not part of any official entity, local or satellite channel, or any research institute.

 

The documentary is based on following a number of females around for five minutes as they walk in the street. Our aim is to get footage of the forms of harassment they get exposed to while running errands. At a later stage, the forms will be categorized and will be studied independently.

Volunteers wanted!

 

Egyptian women join hands against harassment
Egyptian women join hands against harassment

 

The activist also shared pictures (see above) and details of the activities organised on the anti-harassment day here.

Asser's call received several responses, the most interesting of which was a blog post in solidarity with the cause by Wandering Scarab – an Egyptian woman living in Canada:

When I was living in Egypt, in the early 90s, I was subjected to sexual harassment on a daily basis. From the clerk at the grocery store all the way to the guy taking my order for pizza delivery, sexual harassment in Egypt is very common. Some behaviors that constitute sexual misconduct in Western societies are even completely acceptable in Egypt such as whistling and verbal abuse of women passing by. As women, we are often taught that there is something wrong with us and that perhaps we give the wrong signals or do something to attract the attention of sexual predators. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I recall some of the things I've experienced – some of them funny, some scary.

The average Egyptian girl, including myself, suffers sexual abuse almost constantly as a normal part of her life.

The post goes into more details – in English and in Arabic – about the exact details of harassment.

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