Egyptian citizens campaign against harassment of women

Sarah Lynch – USA Today – Friday, 01 August 2014 (originally published 31 Jul)

Egyptian Campaign
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CAIRO — A group of mostly teenagers and men took to the streets of Cairo’s capital this week, ready to do battle — in bright green vests with spray paint in hand — against sexual harassers.

“We keep women safe,” said high school student Mahmoud Adel, 17. “With perverts, we spray on the backs of their shirts: I am a harasser.”

Dozens of civilians, including women, distributed leaflets to raise awareness about sexual harassment, criminalized for the first time in Egypt last month. Others in a separate campaign focused on catching and punishing harassers, some of whom landed in police detention . . .

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