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Finasl Report for Eid Bela Taharoh (Feast without Harassment) Harassment in EGYPT
17 October 2013
For the third successive Eid and the second year, we launched “Eid Bela Taharosh | Eid Without Harassment” (Feast without Harassment) campaign. During previous Eid holidays, we organized security patrols, provided security campaigns against harassment in public squares, intervened to save victims. This Eid, we decided to take another step forward towards Society by encouraging people to reject harassment and to maintain the security of the streets themselves.
Within this context, we chose Al Batrawy Street in Nasr City district through which we introduced this pattern of urging the individuals themselves represented in the Street’s residents, peddlers, porters, security men of commercial stores, garage hands and others.
Why Al Batrawy Street:
1. Huge number of reported harassments incidents last year during Eid:
We conducted an initial study and field research to make sure of the accuracy of the numbers and facts of the harassment incidents that took place in the Street. Results showed that last year during Eid an average of 18 harassment incidents have occurred daily including at least 3 mass harassment incidents in the same street.
2. Intensive presence of peddlers and porters in addition to the presence of all social criteria in one place:
We launched an awareness campaign in the Street on Saturday and Sunday 15 – 16 October that aimed at:
Raising awareness of the danger of harassment crime and the necessity to combat it.
Explaining the impact of the residents on protecting the Street where they live; and persuading the residents, peddlers and porters to volunteer with Against Harassment Movement during Eid-al-Adha to secure their Street against harassment.
Explaining the means of how to intervene and take an action along with providing quick training to the residents on how to protect their relevant area from harassment.
Our campaign has been widely welcomed by the Street’s residents who showed their readiness to take part in the campaign.
In the second day of Eid-al-Adha, we were there at the place as planned, pre-coordinated with the Street’s residents and educated the new comers during Eid. We started to trace the effectiveness of the awareness campaign and the extent of how the Society can protect itself.
Initial expectations were optimistic though not very much. An improvement percentage of 15% to 20% has been recorded compared to last year during Eid. However, surprisingly, the residents were able to maintain full control on the Street during the first hours of the day and unexpectedly succeeded in facing harassment incidents before they occur.
Final results of the second day were as follows:
17 individual harassment cases were occurred including 15 cases were intervention took place; 11 of which were dealt with Street residents; 4 cases were dealt with by the Movement members.
Preventing a mass harassment incident from occurrence by the intervention of the Movement’s members and securing the girl in a safe place.
Compared to last year during Eid, the success of intervening in individual harassment cases reached 89% with the occurrence of two incidents compared to 18 incidents last year during Eid.
As for mass harassment, it reached 100% recording zero incidents compared to three mass harassment incidents last year during Eid.
We did not expect this success; however, we were impressed by the hope granted by the Society; hope in future and hope in eliminating the condition of social acceptance of the sexual harassment phenomena. Our Society impressed us with examples representing all criteria including (Kareem) the corn merchant, (Amm Sharaf) the security man till you reach the shopping mall manager. They had unified objectives and we worked with all of them; they proved to us that despite the change of circumstances and that the future may appear vague regarding some issues that we already live but yet there still hope in raising awareness and boosting education on such matters.
We were able to introduce a symbolic pattern for a Society which can resist and refuse harassment and secure itself. We believed in our Society and we were right!