Sexual harassment is not a new issue in Egypt, but since the Tahrir Square protests in 2011, it’s become apart of international conversation.
“Every day she faces humiliation, anger, she lives in fear and she experiences violence… put yourself in her shoes, instead of finding ways to blame her.” A one-minute and powerful PSA takes you inside the verbal, physical and sexual harassment many Egyptian women face just doing everyday things.
Created by United Nations Women, the PSA illustrates a first-person perspective of what it’s like for a woman doing something so mundane as riding in a taxi. A recent study found Egypt to be the worst Arab state for women to live.
May Iskander, a student at Cairo University and women’s rights activist, told Buzzfeed:
“When we try to complain, even to friends or family but especially to authorities, they say we are to blame because of the way we dress, the way we act, where we were walking…And you can be a full women in a full niqab [headscarf] and still be harassed. Whoever doesn’t know this doesn’t live in Egypt.”
Originally posted at VITAMIN W.