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Over 99% of Egyptian Women Have Been Sexually Harassed – UN



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According to a 2013 United Nations report, 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment in some form.

In a recent article on CNN, some individuals involved in cases of sexual abuse offered some perspectives on what they felt incited these incidents. Authorities also shed some light on why the statistics of sexual harassment are so high.

For instance, last month, a group of male students at an Egyptian university groped a female student. The university’s dean, a male, blamed the incident on the female victim, citing her ”inappropriate attire” as the cause of the assault because she removed the black cloak she was wearing. However, it was discovered that the student’s attire was far from provocative – she was wearing black trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.

In response to the Dean’s statement, Habiba, also a victim of sexual harassment, said harassment has nothing to do with dress-sense.

”Even veiled girls get harassed all the time,” she said. “It’s a lack of ethics and culture more than anything.”

Some Egyptian authorities have expressed that women must take a stand to change the culture of sexual harassment. According to Colonel Manal Atef, a female member of an Egyptian interior ministry task force set up to tackle violence against women, Egyptian women do not report harassment incidents.

Naglaa Al-Adly, an official at the National Council for Women (NCW), says the reason why sexually assaulted women do not report these cases is because they are ashamed.


In Africa, when it comes to issues like sexual harassment and rape, often times, victims are reluctant to speak out for fear of being stigmatized. In what ways do you think women not just in Egypt, but across Africa and the world, can raise their voices against sexual harassment? Let’s talk about it!

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  1. Sush

    April 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    99 what!..jeez!…i realy do not kno y women esp in Islamic countries are being looked down in as slaves

    • El patron medellin cartel

      April 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Because the believe is that if you are righteous, you are entitled to seven beautiful unblemished virgin in al-janna..and the earth women are deceitful and may hinder that final enjoyment

    • Mimi

      April 12, 2014 at 12:30 am


  2. thats scary!

  3. ada

    April 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    this is sooooo sad! 99% ke, that means at least 9 out of every 10 women! OMG! and these societies are so closed, how can they be reached?

  4. Fatimah

    April 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    This is where Nigeria is headed, that is if we are not already there yet.

  5. Iyke

    April 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Been thinking deeply on what could really be considered a sexual harassment.
    I share the sentiment that a person in a position of power in any situation/circumstance has a coercive edge, and thus more geared towards harassing. But does it really has to do with power or position?
    Will an uninvited sexual advance which is harmless be considered a sexual harassment?
    When is a person really be perceived as sexually harassing?
    Does attractiveness has a role to play on this case? I mean, is a better-looking guy less likely to be accused of sexual harassment?
    Does the victim’s perception of harassment based on the undesirability of the sexual advance?
    Are ladies more likely to accuse an ugly guy of sexual harassment more than a handsome guy?
    Perhaps honest answers to these questions could help set the platform to really discuss this issue and prefer solution in our society.

    • emeka

      April 11, 2014 at 6:21 am

      Iyke, when u have a daughter direct these questions at her

  6. @edDREAMZ

    April 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Some people are so heartless and lack coincense….

  7. Lola

    April 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    It is very true. They do so to strangers too- people from other countries. If you are in the lift alone with a guy, he grabs your breasts. Anywhere you go, a man must touch you in a private area. It’s something else in that place. I can’t live there as a woman.

  8. Iris

    April 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I know an Egyptian girl who said even at the protest centres during the Arab Spring women were casually groped and the men would be like “accident” if they didn’t flat out say “so what?” She was part of a protest and somehow got separated from her friends in the crowd. All of a sudden she found herself surrounded by a group of men. She turned and ran for her life. When I listened to her talk, I couldn’t help thinking Nigeria seemed like paradise in comparison.

  9. Vicky

    April 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    My first time in Dubai I was nearly raped in an elevator.

  10. Noble (

    April 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Hian! Aru! A society that defiles its women!

  11. Soraya

    April 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Never mind about sexual harassment in Egypt- what about Nigeria??? Even fathers are raping their daughters openly these days!

  12. idomagirl

    April 11, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I wonder what Nigeria’s stats are. 99.9%?


    April 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Hmmm…99%….clearly they have no respect for women in that country.
    Sexual harassment in the work place- click my name to find out more

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