“Not only Touching” Campaign

Not only Touching is a campaign to show solidarity with women and girls facing harassers.
A collaboration of organizations (1) express their full support for the Egyptian girl, Menna Gobran, due to the attacks she is subjected to after she adhered to her right to a safe public space and her quest to access her legitimate human rights to preserve her safe spaces.
 
The organizations confirm that what Menna Gobran was subjected to is sexual harassment. Gobran experienced two incidents of sexual harassment while waiting for her work-bus and filmed the two incidents on her phone. The first was when two men, in a private car, stopped in front of her, and one of them verbally harassed her, then got out of the car and headed towards her to continue the harassment verbally, and the second incident was when a person appeared to approach her to invite her to drink coffee with him in one of the nearby cafes, which the girl strongly refused.
According to the UN definitions of sexual harassment, Menna Gobran was subjected to sexual harassment in both cases. Also according to Article 58 of the Egyptian Penal Code of year 1937, in which it was stated in Article 306 bis (A): Anyone who assaults others in a public or private place or approaches others by making sexual hints or acts, suggestions, insinuations or by any means, including through online means of communication is punished by imprisonment for a period of no less than six months and a fine of not less than three thousand pounds and not more than five thousand pounds, or one of these two penalties.
Despite the cumulative efforts made by non-governmental and governmental organizations since 2005 in order to combat crimes of sexual violence, Egypt still has one of the highest rates of sexual harassment in the world. And based on the UN Women’s study’s “Study on ways and methods to eliminate sexual harassment in Egypt” report, 99.3% of women and girls in Egypt have experienced at least one form of sexual harassment, also the Population Council Survey of 2014 came to confirm that half of the Egyptian girls in the age group (13-17) years have been subjected to sexual harassment.
Even though Egyptian women and girls constantly struggle with sexual harassment, the societal reaction to this incident was shocking and disappointing, because the society still perpetuates stereotypes about women’s clothing and links them to their sexual harassment’s experiences, as well as the perseverance of the patriarchal discourse when dealing with women’s rights and freedoms.
Even though the law of sexual harassment has been issued
After more than four years of the passage of the sexual harassment law in Egypt, the law has not been able to protect the women against this crime, prompting women and girls to adopt other defensive methods to meet the law’s deficit, including the use of modern technology methods and advocacy campaigns to take their rights.
Accordingly, the participant organizations and institutions demand the following:
  • The necessity of starting a collaboration between women’s organizations and governmental organizations that are concerned with combating sexual violence to discuss new strategies that would reduce the occurrence of sexual harassment and open new prospects to support survivors.
  • A call for women and girls to confront the perpetrators of sexual harassment by all the peaceful means, especially through legal action.
  • A call for the Egyptian authorities to re-evaluate the procedures for issuing the reports of sexual harassment incidents, and to use modern techniques and methods that are actually available to the Ministry of Interior and other bodies concerned with the same case.
Signatures (1):
  • Tadwein Center for Gender Studies.
  • The Egyptian Female Lawyers Initiative.
  • Wlaha Wogouh Okhra platform.
  • Hrdo Center to Support the Digital Expression.
  • The New Woman Foundation.
  • Women’s Center for Legal Guidance and Awareness.
  • The Center for Egyptian women’s Legal Assistance.
  • Love Matters Initiative.
  • Salemah for Women’s Empowerment.
  • Cairo Foundation for Development and Law.
  • NGOs Coalition against FGM/C.
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