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: 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.