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On their establishment statement, they announce, “We are launching this volunteer initiative because we love Egypt and we want to make it a more livable place for us all by returning to our values of respect. We are seeking partnerships with NGOs, the Egyptian government, and mobile phone service providers.” http://blog.harassmap.org/
HarassMap aims to change the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt by:
- Providing a safe, easy way to report sexual harassment
- Sending a response to each report referring victims to services that can help them such as legal or psychological aid, how to make a police report, self defense and others
- Providing an online forum for victims to share ideas on dealing with harassment (coming soon), get referrals, learn self defense against harassment (coming soon) and find responses to common excuses justifying harassment (coming soon)
- Supporting the work of advocacy NGOs by providing them with instantly understandable data on harassment •Supporting the work of police by pointing them to “hot spots” where they can increase their protection
- Taking teams of volunteers from neighborhoods with the worst problems to do community outreach, using the map to explain the problem and asking community members to be watchful against harassment and giving them tips on how to intervene when they see harassment in a non-violent way in order to create a community environment that does not tolerate harassment
- Starting outreach to schools in 2011 led by volunteer, Safi, from Nile FM
The harrassmap team is made of volunteers:
- Rebecca Chiao has lived and worked in Cairo since 2004. She holds an MA in International Development and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a certificate in Strategic Frameworks for NGOs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and has been working in NGO and program development since 1998. She designed, launched and managed ECWR’s Campaign Against Sexual Harassment between 2005-2007.
- Engy Ghozlan, a graduate of Cairo University is a member of the Sexual Harassment NGO Task Force, managed ECWR’s Campaign Against Sexual Harassment from 2007-2008, and is a founder of the young Arab feminists network.
- Amel Fahmy is currently the Program Officer for sexual harassment and FGM at the UNFPA in Cairo. She completed her MA in Anthropology at the American University in Cairo and the London School of Economics. Amel also served as Head of Team for UNICEF in Khartoum and Technical Officer for the World Health Organization in Geneva.
- Sawsan Gad received her MA in Demographic and Social Analysis from University of California, Irvine in 2008 and her BA in Commerce from Ain Shams University in 2005. As a Freelance Researcher, Sawsan has experience with GIS, gender (dis)parity and media.
- NiJeL, HarassMap’s technical partner, creates maps that tell powerful stories and have real community impact. NiJeL uses high performance mapping to identify and mitigate social, economic, and environmental problems now so they don’t become humanitarian disasters later, and helps communities advocate for better living conditions.
Submit Reports to HarrassMap!
On the website: harassmap.org
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By twitter: Follow harassmap
By SMS: 0169870900