7 – 13 September: HarassMap Academy training camp 4 in Cairo.
7 June: At Igmadi 5 in Alexandria, we participated by sharing our new Mesh Sakta bags, and material from our campaigns Mesh Sakta and Debunking myths. In between Zumba and self defense sessions, our communications manager Allaa Saad also spoke about our work, and about standing up to sexual harassment.
1 – 5 May: 14 new volunteer captains from 11 governorates participated in our third HarassMap Academy training camp.
19 April: We held our first training workshop for 12 new volunteer captains for our Safe Schools and Universities program at our new office in Maadi.
12 – 13 April: Azza Fahmy Eleish, one of our Community Captains, lead workshops in Sohag and two neighboring villages for our volunteer teams. After each workshop, the teams went out on the streets to talk to people and convince them to stand up to sexual harassment when they see it happening.
12 April: Amel Fahmy, one of our Co-Founders, gave a talk at TEDxCairo 2014 EQUILIBRIM. She talked about how to address myths and misconceptions about sexual harassment using crowdsourced data (our reports), and how to create a critical mass of people who reject sexual harassment and take action to stand up to it.
3 April: Our Kafr Elsheikh team went out on a community mobilization day. When approached, all members of the neighbourhood expressed their disapproval of, and zero tolerance towards, sexual harassment and assault. As part of the activity, our volunteers asked people to participate in our campaign Mesh Sakta (“Don’t be silent”) and to share their stories of standing up to sexual harassment. We received 20 stories that we shared on social media to inspire as many people to take action too.
27 March: Our community mobilization volunteer team in Damanhour conducted a neighborhood mobilization activity. The team went out on the streets talking to people and encouraging them to stand up to sexual harassment and assault by intervening when they see it happening. They also distributed our Mesh Sakta (“Don’t be silent”) campaign materials that provide ideas on how women can stand up to sexual harassment and support other women they witness being harassed.
22 March: Igmadi 4 took place at the Semiramis Hotel in Cairo. We shared ideas on how women can stand up to sexual harassment and assault, whether for themselves or others as part of our campaign Mesh Sakta (“Don’t be silent”). Alaa Saad spoke on stage about how she stood up to sexual harassment by bringing a harasser to court. Our photographer Nelly El Sharkawi also took pictures of women sharing their statements of how they have, or will, stand up to sexual harassment next to our Mesh Sakta banner.
18 March: Ahmad Hegab, our Safe Areas and Safe Schools and Universities Field Manager, gave a presentation on HarassMap and sexual harassment and assault at the American University of Cairo (AUC) at an event that was attended by over 150 students. The presentation was followed by a lively debate covering the issue of sexual harassment in public spaces, the recent mob assault at Cairo University and the media’s impact and role in influencing perceptions around sexual harassment and assault.
7 – 8 March: Our third Level 2 volunteer training and 3einy X 3einak event took place in Kafr Elsheikh. Alongside the training sessions, the event also featured guest speaker and filmmaker Aida Elkashef who spoke about violence against women and screened her short film “A tin tale”.
28 February – 1 March: Following our successful Level 2 volunteer training and 3einy X 3einak event in Port Said, we had our second event in Minya. This was a two-day event and included facilitation skills training, neighborhood mobilization activities, the screening of a short film called “Libido,” an open mic session, and a public event together with Ded El Ta7arosh.
27 February: Nesma El Sehmawy, one of our Community Captains in Kafr ElSheikh, gave a presentation about HarassMap and about sexual harassment in Egypt for 25 students in American Studies at the American University in Cairo.
24 – 26 February: Angie Abdelmomem, our Research Consultant, attended a workshop co-organized by CIVICUS and the Engine Room in Istanbul, Turkey. HarassMap was one of six organizations showcasing its approach to technology used in combating sexual harassment.
18 – 20 February: Amel Fahmy, one of our Co-Founders, attended the South-South Development EXPO event in Doha, Qatar, where she spoke about the use of crowdsourcing to generate information on sexual harassment in Egypt.
15 February: Hussein Elshafei, our Community Mobilization Unit Head, took part in Build, Engage, Grow “Knowledge Space”, a community management seminar hosted by the Greek campus in Cairo. Hussein’s talk was entitled “Driving the community towards the tipping point” and he spoke about HarassMap’s volunteer-based approach to community building by engaging bystanders to create a critical mass of individuals who have a zero-tolerance attitude to sexual harassment in their neighborhoods.
9 February: We joined Women on Walls (WOW) for their 6-day graffiti workshop in downtown Cairo. Members of our community mobilization teams were on site at the wall where graffiti artists from across Egypt were working. They talked to passers-by and engaged in discussions about sexual harassment and assault and talked to them about our work to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt.
17 – 18 January: Our first level 2 HarassMap Academy (HMA) event took place in Port Said. This is the first in a series of community-based training events where our local community teams participate together with community captains who travel to the event from across Egypt as part of their level 2 HMA follow-up training curriculum. This event also included the public activity “3einy x 3einak” including a workshop with Ded Ta7rosh and an open mic session that was moderated by Noha Sabry, community mobilization team captain in Cairo.
14 December: For a third time this year we joined the Igmadi team for Igmadi Ded el Ta7arosh 3, part 3 in a series of Zumba Fitness and WenDo Self Defense events that combine physical fitness, body awareness, confidence, and knowledge about sexual harassment and assault. This time we were also joined by rapper Mayam Mahmoud and El Nadeem Center For Victims of Violence and Torture.
11- 12 December: Mohamed El-Khateeb, our Programme and Administrative Assistant, attended the AMICA and Henrich Boell Foundation conference “(No)Spring for Arab women? Political Transition and Sexual violence: Examples from the Arab Countries” in Berlin. We talked about the impact of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt on the gender gap: women’s access to work, education, health care and political participation. We also joined Dr. Mariz Tadros, Fellow Institute for Development Studies, UK, in her session to talk about our experiences of mob sexual harassment/assault during demonstrations in Tahrir Square.
8 December: We participated in IGMADI@SCHOOL – a series of Igmadi Ded Ta7arosh events taking place at schools. Around 50 girls, between the ages of 15-16, attended this event. Our session focused on illustrating, through exercises, some of the different ways we can stand up to sexual harassment and how positive action impacts the big picture of combating the social acceptability of sexual harassment and assault on a larger scale.
7 – 10 December: Amel Fahmy, one of our Co-Founders, represented HarassMap at a workshop on open science and research and technology at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2013) in Cape Town.
25 November – 10 December: On November 25, the first day of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we launched ‘Sala7ha X dmaghak’ - a 16-day campaign to challenge misperceptions about sexual violence in Egypt. Sala7ha X dmaghak was a joint campaign with Nazra for Feminist Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment, and Tahrir Bodyguard.
18 – 20 November: Rebecca Chiao, our Project Leader and Co-Founder, spoke about the value of ICTs for addressing sexual violence at a Gender and Peacebuilding Workshop in Juba, South Sudan.
16 November: For a second time this year, we teamed up together with some of Cairo’s most well-known Zumba instructors, WenDo Self-defense, and Nazra to create Igmadi Ded el Ta7arosh 2, a Zumba Marathon event to encourage women to speak up to sexual harassment. Check out the video here.
2 November: The second stop for Mobile Academy was Minya. The new Minya community captains trained at HarassMap Academy trained their local team and went out on their first community mobilization campaign.
26 October: This year’s first Mobile Academy took place in Fayoum.
12 October: Hussein Eshafei, our Community Mobilization Unit Head, was one of the speakers at TEDxKafrElsheikh where he talked about how and why he started to work on ending the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt.
3 – 8 October: Volunteers from 11 governorates (Sohag, Minia, Fayoum, Giza, Cairo, Qalioubeya, Gharbeya, Kafr Elsheikh, Beheira, Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh) joined HarassMap Academy for an intensive training to learn how to become a Community Mobilization team captain. After the training, each graduated Community Captain will implement the training for his or her own volunteer team during HarassMap Mobile Academy.
24 September: Rebecca Chiao, our Project Leader and Co-Founder, spoke about HarassMap’s work on UNICEF’s panel at the Social Good Summit in New York called “Making the invisible visible: Using innovation to #ENDViolence Against Children.”
21 September: HarassMap joined Masterpeace at a Street Arts Festival to celebrate World Peace Day in Cairo where we shared information and material about our work.
7 August: Our volunteers conducted pre-Eid Community Mobilization, convincing people to stand up to sexual harassment during Eid and after, at Cairo Mall in Haram and in Kafr Elsheikh.
5 August: Community Captains got together for an Iftar in Cairo to plan pre-Eid Community Mobilization.
26 July: 24 volunteers in Kafr Elsheikh attended a volunteer training that was followed by a Mashrou3 Almareekh and HarassMap joint open mic event. Many families joined and shared their experiences of, and thoughts about, sexual harassment.
27 June: Community Captains in Minya conducted volunteer team training in preparation for Community Mobilization activities.
28 – 30 May: Rebecca Chiao, Project Leader and Co-Founder, led a workshop on “Innovative Approaches to Addressing Sexual Violence on Community Streets and in Revolutionary Tahrir Square” and spoke on a panel on “Documentation Skills: Techniques to Increase Survivors’ Visibility” at a Nobel Women’s Initiative conference in Belfast.
21 May: Following HarassMap Academy, new Community Captains conducted team training with new volunteers in their area and conducted Community Mobilization in the surroundings of Alexandria Univeristy.
16 May: Our Haram Community Mobilization team spent a day convincing people on the streets to speak up to sexual harassment.
11 – 13 May: In Sohag, fresh HarassMap Academy Community Captains graduates conducted a volunteer team training which was followed by Community Mobilization activities.
9 May: Following HarassMap Academy, newly trained Community Captains conducted a volunteer team training which was followed by Community Mobilization in Benha.
7 May: 10 of our volunteers joined a panel at the Ministry of Youth and Sports as part of an event organized by Comet Group of Cairo University. The panel focused on sexual harassment and the volunteers shared their stories, responded to myths about sexual harassment, and discussed the problem with the audience.
24 – 28 April: 19 volunteers from 10 governorates (Minia, Giza, Cairo, Alexandria, Tanta, Qaliyobia, Hurghada, Sohag, Beni Suef and Ismailia) joined us for HarassMap Academy.
2 – 6 April: We conducted team training together with the Alexandria Community Mobilization volunteer team which was followed by Community Mobilization activities in Alexandria. Volunteers also painted over a graffiti promoting sexual assault.
5 April: Our Community Mobilization team in Haram went out on the streets to convince people, especially bus drivers, to stop making excuses for harassers and to start standing up to sexual harassment. The team was joined by graffiti artists who created two pieces of graffiti on the theme “against sexual harassment”.
30 March: At HarassMap’s annual event at Darb 1718 debunking myths and stereotypes about sexual harassment we were joined by Darb 1718, Mashrou3 El Mareekh, and a number of very talented artists and musicians in presenting our work and in debunking myths about sexual harassment. The event included an art exhibition, open mic, and live music.
29 March: A group of volunteers conducted Community Mobilization activities in Haram in Cairo.
15 March: We initiated a 48 hour blogging/tweeting/posting event to break stereotypes about sexual harassment. The Uprising of Women in the Arab World, Anti-Harassment Movement, and Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH) also participated in this event.
15 March: We talked about sexual harassment/assault in Egypt and about debunking sexual harassment myths, stereotypes and excuses with Bassem Youssef on his show Al Bernameg.
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8 March: Together with other groups we co-organized an International Women’s Day march in Cairo at which our Debunking Myths and Stereotypes about Sexual Harassment Campaign was used as protest banners.
23 February: We took part in UN Volunteer Day in Cairo where we had a booth with information materials. Many new volunteers joined us this day.
15 February: Our Tahrir Dialogue Circles session was organized in cooperation with Selmiya and addressed the issue of politicized mob sexual assault/rape. The workshop was followed by an event in Tahrir square where bystanders were engaged in discussions about sexual harassment.
9 February: Together with Selmiya we conducted a training on gender based violence and gave a workshop on the reality of sexual harassment in Egypt and on HarassMaps work.
2-15 February: During two weeks, Rebecca visited universities in 7 Canadian cities and talked about HarassMap’s work.
31 January: Community Mobilization volunteers went out into Tahrir Square to convince shop and restaurant owners surrounding the square to start standing up to sexual harassment and assault.
1 December: Rebecca Chiao, our Project Leader and Co-Founder, was one of the speakers at TEDxBarcelonaWomen where she talked about “Making Egypt a safer place for women”.
8 October: We invited organizations, companies, and initiatives that also use crowdsourcing in their work to join us for a workshop to exchange experiences on crowdsourcing. Participants included: Zabatak, e-Mokhalfa, U-Shahid, Nazra, New Woman Foundation, WHO, Population Council, and Ibn Khaldoun Center.
25 July: HarassMap co-organized “Ya 3asal!” – a public event in collaboration with Darb 1718, Mashrou3 Al Mareekh, and Bussy Project that included an art competition and display, live performances based on HarassMap reports, and an open mic session on the topic of sexual harassment in which members of the public told their stories or presented poems or songs.
6 July: Our first ever TEDx talk took place in Visby, Sweden where Rebecca Chiao, our Project Leader and Co-Founder, talked about how our work has made us feel that “The World is Getting Better.”
June: Rebecca Chiao, Project Leader and Co-Founder, spoke at the World Bank Transport Hackathon in Cairo about the importance of fighting sexual harassment on public transportation in order to provide for the safety and economic security of Egyptian women.
June: Rebecca Chiao, Project Leader and Co-Founder, spoke on a panel at the launch of UN Women’s Safe Cities Initiative in Egypt.
12 -15 March: Engy Ghozlan, one of our Co-Founders, presented our work at the ICT4D conference in Atlanta, USA, and won the “Best Project of the Day” award.
8 March: HarassMap released its first annual report at an event held at Nahdet El Mahrousa NGO in Cairo.
18 January: Two of our co-founders spoke on panels on “Women and Social and Digital Media” at Yahoo’s Change Your World Summit in Cairo.
2 November: HarassMap partnered up with Tahrir Lounge on a session about our work and about sexual harassment in Egypt at the Goethe Institute.
20-21 June: Together with activists and bloggers, we initiated a 48-hour campaign of blogging, tweeting, and writing about sexual harassment. We used the hashtag #endSH, and received hundreds of tweets and over 150 blog posts talking about sexual harassment.
25 December: Our first community mobilization day, which took place in Mohandesin, Downtown and Dokki.
16 December: HarassMap’s official launch! The event also coincided with the launch of ‘678’, a landmark feature film about sexual harassment.