Ain Shams University launches anti-sexual harassment unit
Ain Shams University Campus - YOUM7/Mahmoud Hefnawy
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CAIRO: An anti-harassment unit was inaugurated at Ain Shams University Monday by acting president of the facility Mohamed Ezzat and Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Sparre, Youm7 reported.

The unit will encourage students to engage in activities that raise awareness against sexual harassment and teach them means to counter it when it happens.

It will also receive anonymous complaints on the issue, “formally and informally.”

Informal complaints will depend on “mediation” between the two parties and converting the complaint into a formal one if reconciliation attempts fail.

Cairo University has also formed a similar unit and has organized several anti-harassment events, activities and vigils and has hosted pressure groups in the field, such as the Anti-Harassment Movement.

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 have experienced sexual harassement.

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