Research studies

Sexual harassment in Egypt is still an under-researched topic. Here is a list of some of the existing scholarly research. If you know of other works, or are working on some yourself, please let us know and we will add it to the list! The more we work together, sharing information and resources, the better we become at combating sexual harassment.

In English:

HarassMap (2014). “Towards a Safer City – Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: The Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data” – full report

HarassMap (2014). “Towards a Safer City – Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: The Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data” – executive summary

Abdelmonem, Angie (2015). “Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment in Egypt: A Longitudinal Assessment of el-Taharrush el-Ginsy in Arabic Online Forums and Anti-Sexual Harassment Activism.”

Amar, Paul (2011). “Turning the Gendered Politics of the Security State Inside Out? Charging the Police with Sexual Harassment in Egypt,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 13:299-328.

Anderson, Kristine Ellen, (2012). “Sexual Harassment Discourse in Egypt: A Sociolinguistic Analysis,” Thesis, University of Texas at Austin.

ECWR (2008). “Clouds in Egypt’s Sky – Sexual Harassment: From Verbal Harassment to Rape” 

Ebaid, Neama. “Sexual Harassment in Egypt – A Neglected Crime,” Thesis, American University in Cairo.

Fatima, Mareah Peoples (2008). “Street Harassment in Cairo: A Symptom of Disintegrating Social Structures,” The African Anthropologist, 15: 1-20. 

Hafez, Sherine (2012). “No Longer a Bargain: Women, Masculinity, and the Egyptian Uprising,” American Ethnologist 39:37-42.

Ilahi, Nadia (2009). “Gendered Contestations: An Analysis of Street Harassment in Cairo and its Implications For Women’s Access to Public Spaces,” Surfacing 2: 56-69.

Ilahi, Nadia (2008). You Gotta Fight for Your Rights: Street Harassment and its Relationship to Gendered Violence, Civil Society, and Gendered Negotiations,” Thesis, American University in Cairo.

Kirollos, Miriam (2013). “Sexual Violence in Egypt: Myths and Realities,” Yadaliyya.

Langohr, Vickie (2014). “New President, Old Pattern of Sexual Violence in Egypt,” Middle East Research and Information Project.

Langohr, Vickie (2013). “This is Our Square – Fighting Sexual Assault at Cairo Protests,” Middle East Report 268.

Nazra for Feminist Studies (2012). “I am coming back for you….I want to kill you – One Year of Impunity: Violations against Women Human Rights Defenders in Egypt from August to December 2011.”

Nazra for Feminist Studies (2012). “Testimonies on the Recent Sexual Assaults on Tahrir Square Vicinity.”

Replogle, Elaine (2011). “Reference Groups, Mob Mentality, and Bystander Effect: A Sociological Analysis of the Lara Logan Case,” Sociological Forum Vol.26 No.4.

Rizzo, Helen, Ann, Price and Katherine Meyer “Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign in Egypt,” American University in Cairo.

Rifaat, Jasmine. “Blogging the Body: The Case of Egypt,” Surfacing.

Skalli, Loubna Hanna (2014). “Young Women and Social Media Against Sexual Harassment in North Africa,” Journal of North African Studies Vol.19 No.2.

Tadros, Mariz (2014). “Reclaiming the Streets For Women’s Dignity: Effective Initiatives in the Struggle Against Gender-Based Violence in between Egypt’s Two Revolutions,” Evidence Report No.48.

Tadros, Mariz (2013). “Politically Motivated Sexual Assault and the Law in Violent Transitions: A Case Study from Egypt,” Evidence Report No.8.

Tadros, Mariz. “Whose Shame Is It: The Politics of Sexual Assault in Morsi’s Egypt,” Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

UN Women (2013). “Sexual Harassment in Egypt. The Causes and Confrontation Methods”

Zaki Ahmed, Hind and Abdel Hamid, Dalia (2014). “Women As Fair Game in the Public Sphere: A Critical Introduction for Understanding Sexual Violence and Methods of Resistance,” Yadaliyya.


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