Uber Egypt, Harassmap join forces against sexual harassment
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CAIRO: Harassmap and Uber Egypt announced Thursday an anti-sexual harassment partnership as part of the Safe Companies program that aims to fight sexual abuse at workplaces.

Uber drivers will be trained by Harassmap activists on means to address sexual harassment of all forms, and Harassmap will provide counseling and follow-up services to guarantee the success of the partnership, according to a statement by Harassmap.

“We are delighted and very excited to work with the professional team of Harassmap to create an anti-sexual harassment environment and to train all Uber drivers to be positive pioneers in ending the societal acceptance of the crime of sexual harassment,” Nour Ahmadain, business development and advertising director of Uber Egypt, said in the statement.

Trained drivers will put a sticker on his car that reads “take positive actions against sexual harassment.”

Harassmap called on all companies in Egypt to join the program to “provide a better service to their employees and clients.”

Egypt’s Cabinet passed a sexual harassment law in May 2014 to toughen the penalty and broaden the definition of sexual harassment.

More than 97 percent of women who have been sexually harassed do not report the incident to authorities to avoid a scandal, according to a 2014 study by HarassMap.

A report released by the United Nations in June 2013 calculated that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women had been sexually harassed.

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