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The latest developments of the case of sexual harassment in Cairo

Monitoring the number of cases of harassment of women downtown Cairo, confirmed the report campaigns against sexual harassment in Egypt, is responsible for the growing phenomenon, caused due to the fact that the Prime Minister did not take any security measures after he witnessed Eid al-Fitr violations and harassment of women.

The third day of Eid al-Adha, the increasing harassment crimes in the central city for the previous two days, tops Talaat Harb Street, the highest rate of cases of harassment.

As it was in the Nile Corniche in front of the Maspero, harassment military-old girl 17 years near the bridge Kasr El-Nil, and a young man at the age of 20 years harassment attracting girl violently and kiss her, and tried her lap, so she girl pushed violently, while security forces were watching the situation did not moving, according to the report.

And the young men in the thirty-physical harassment lady carrying a child on her hand, where he tried to violently grabbed him but she pushed him away and fled.

Qasr al-Nil Bridge, which ends access to the beginning of Tahrir Square, the form of a number of young people, aged between 15 and 17 years, a circle around 3 girls, and tried to get their phone numbers under duress.

Confirmed campaigns against harassment on the rejection of the use of violence or threat of violence against any guilty, although the punishment and response force of law to achieve justice and stability of the state, and declared the responsibility for any calls for the use of violence against harassers, and that the role of these initiatives depends on providing awareness and provide safe corridors for women and girls harassment in places.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign.

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Portlandia's picture

Hope for the future

Hello Lobna,
Unfortunately I had a hard time understanding many of the specifics of your story- I think some things were lost in translation, but I do want to thank you for speaking out against street harassment. Because of your article, I googled the topic and found another article written in the El Paso Times which sounds hopeful on this subject:

Last week, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil condemned sexual harassment in remarks on his Facebook page, calling it a "catastrophe" that threatens society. Qandil said the Cabinet was preparing a law to impose harsher penalties for sexual harassment. Rights activists have been campaigning for such legislation for years.
Dr. Hani Henry, a psychology professor at the American University in Cairo, said that the widespread notion that women should dress more conservatively in order to reduce sexual harassment on Egypt's streets is one of the biggest impediments to addressing the issue.
"There's a 'blaming the victim' mentality," Hany said. He predicted that addressing sexual harassment in Egypt's could be more difficult now that Islamists have emerged as the strongest political power in post-revolutionary Egypt.

lobna sedky's picture

Thank you for your interest

Thank you for your interest and I will avoid translation errors next time>
I will try to write smaller sentences and more pronounced.

Thank you for your feedback.

William's picture

Abuse on girls

Dear Lobna, Thank you for sharing your story. I too had great difficulty in reading and understanding your article. The comments Portlandia made in the Comment section echo what I feel about the injustice toward women in a male dominated society. As long as there are no stiff penalty for harassment, not inforcement, the women in Egypt must resort to pulbic stories, like yours. Be courgeous and keep up your good work in publishing the real truth about this issue.

lobna sedky's picture

Dear William,

Thank you for the follow up article, although it is not clear, and apologized for the trouble to read it.I hope to be better after the amendment.
Thank you for your encouragement and solidarity with the issues of violence against women.

Lobna Sedky

William's picture

abuse against women

Dear Lobna, the language and written word are not the most important part of this issue, it is the love and caring that counts. I shared your story with my wife this morning, as we both care about you and all the women in Egypt. Keep practising your English and writing and keep sharing. Your voice is needed.

lobna sedky's picture

Thank you for raising my

Thank you for raising my morale and encouraging, I hope always communicate together.

William's picture


Lobna, we are together in this need for change. You are not alone. Feel free to write to me at PulseWire anytime you would like to talk.

lobna sedky's picture

Hi William,

Thank you for your support. :)

LauraB's picture

Your voice is important


I wonder for you what it has felt like in these times with so much turmoil, hope and change in your country? Do you see positive changes for women now too? You have courage to speak out and this shows your strong mind and determination.

Keep sharing on behalf of the women in Egypt.



lobna sedky's picture

Dear Laura,

Thank you for the follow-up my articles, unfortunately here in Egypt, the status of women in steady decline.

To learn more please read the new article.


camarnet's picture

I would like to understand

I would like to understand this better. From what I gather, there's a lot of injustice where protectors are turning a blind eye to the crimes they are seeing. And to that I say you are doing the best thing possible: Speaking out. Keep talking about the injustices you see and learn of. Get others to speak out also... Together, voices will be heard.

lobna sedky's picture

Thank you for your support.

Thank you for your support.

Hummingbird's picture


I follow closely the growing phenomenon of harassment that many countries in Middle East are suffering from. Sometimes I think if making tighter laws and safe corridors for women will solve the issue. I believe this must be dealt with by the entire society, reaching to the youths who are doing this, because it became a scary phenomenon and not just the action of one or two perverts. Why is that? poverty? deprivation? dictatorship? unemployment? or just moral corruption?

Thank you for this article, we must raise this issue all the time.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.


lobna sedky's picture

I think that this problem

I think that this problem many reasons, including moral, religious, non-application of laws in addition to poverty, unemployment, etc., so that must be resolved from all sides.

Thank you for your solidarity with us.

Lobna Sedky

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