We are working to engage all of Egyptian society to create an environment that does not tolerate sexual harassment. All our activities are geared towards encouraging bystanders and institutions to speak up against harassers and have a zero-tolerance attitude towards sexual harassment.
We believe that sexual harassment will stop only when harassers stop harassing. This will only happen when we all stop ignoring harassment, making excuses for harassers, and tolerating their behaviour. By re-establishing social consequences for harassers – and making role models of people who stand up to them – we believe that harassers can be deterred from harassing again.
We work to achieve our mission by convincing bystanders and institutions to stand up to sexual harassment before or when they see it happen. This way, by taking a collective stand against sexual harassment, we as a society can create social and legal consequences that discourage harassing behavior and seriously reduce it.
We crowdsource SMS and online reports of sexual harassment and assault and map them on our online map. We use these reports to show people the scale of the problem and to dispel myths about, and excuses for, sexual harassment – like for example that ‘how women dress’ or ‘sexual frustration’ are reasons and excuses for sexual harassment.
Our volunteers all over Egypt work with people and institutions to stand up to sexual harassment. Using evidence from our reports and communications campaigns to create informational and educational material, and offer workshops and other support, our team aims to motivate a critical mass of bystanders to stand up to harassers and create an environment where sexual harassment is not tolerated. We also support shops, cafes, transportation companies, large businesses, and schools and universities to enforce a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment in their space – all this through the work of our Safe Schools and Universities, Safe Areas, Safe Corporates, and community mobilization teams.
We are also working on research to understand current social perceptions and responses to sexual harassment, and we regularly help similar initiatives to start up in many other countries around the world.
We use our reports, research, and experiences from our on-the-ground work to create communications campaigns to dispel myths about sexual harassment, change perceptions that place blame on the harassed, and mobilize people to take positive action against sexual harassment that happens to them or others. We also work to steer the media discourse on the issue towards a facts-based positive discussion of what needs to be done to end this epidemic.