July 8, 2014, Cairo
Cairo University administration has officially adopted an anti-sexual-harassment policy to be implemented at the university starting next semester. HarassMap commends them for this achievement and their work to encourage all universities to adopt and fully implement zero-tolerance policies towards sexual harassment and assault.
The policy states that no forms of sexual harassment will be tolerated at the university and that all incidents will be appropriately escalated according to specific guidelines set out in the policy. The policy also provides a framework for enabling students and professors to safely report sexual harassment.
The policy and its official adoption at Cairo University is the result of the work of a group of professors at the English Department at Cairo University (Hoda Sada, Maha Al Said, Walid Hamamsy, Lubna Yusuf, Shirin Abu Al-Naja, Hala Kamal), HarassMap’s Safe Schools and Universities Program, Nazra for Feminist Studies, the Women and Memory Forum, the Imprint Movement (Basma), and a group of HarassMap volunteers who are students at Cairo University.
HarssMap is a volunteer-based, independent initiative with the mission of ending the social acceptability of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt. HarassMap combines an online and SMS (6069) reporting and mapping system, research, communications campaigns, and around 1500 on-the-ground community mobilization volunteers in 18 governorates, to convince people to stand up to sexual harassment and assault. HarassMap is incubated under the NGO Nahdet El Mahrousa.
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