The HarassMap has many functions. It is a tool for anyone who has been harassed or assaulted and for witnesses to harassment and assault all over Egypt to anonymously share and report their experiences. We map the reports, and each report appears on the map as a red dot. When you click on the dot, the full text of the report is displayed. Looking at the map gives you an overview of where we have received reports of sexual harassment, and the individual reports really show the reality and scope of sexual harassment in Egypt.
The reports on the map provide clear evidence that help us break stereotypes about where, when, and to whom harassment happens. We use this evidence in all our work. Our community action volunteers often bring a copy of the map with them out into their neighborhoods: the map and the eye witness stories documented on it help them show that harassment does in fact happen on their very streets. People are often shocked, angered, and provoked into taking action when they realize how common harassment really is, that it happens on their streets and to all kinds of people, and that it involves everything from ogling to groping and more. Our research team also analyses the reports on the map, and we use this analysis – together with feedback and experience from community action volunteers – to create insightful communications campaigns against sexual harassment that encourage people to speak up and take action against it.