Sexual Harassment - A Widespread Issue for Egyptian Women

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Sexual harassment is a widespread issue for Egyptian women.

Women in the streets of Egypt are facing an epidemic of sexual harassment.

Heba Morayef, director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa, told NBC News: “Men don’t have to worry about being caught. Failure to prosecute is a major factor in the escalation of violence against women in public places.”

A French reporter was assaulted by a group of men during a live broadcast from Tahrir Square in Cairo. She fled to safety in a Hardee’s restaurant, which is apparently a haven for women being harassed in the square.

According to activists, the local police usually don’t get involved when women are assaulted, so vigilante groups have formed to protect women from public harassment and sexual assault.

A few citizen groups were present in busy parts of Cairo during the Id al-Adha holiday, and they were actively intervening in several potential assaults on women.

The Prime Minister has said that a new law would be drafted to address the issue of sexual harassment.

Still, over 700 cases were reported across Egypt over the four-day holiday in October.

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