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Egypt taking sexual harassment more seriously than the U.K.?

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aweegc · 28/06/2021 10:49

Penalties will be minimum of 2 years jail and fines starting at an equivalent of UK£4,500-£9,000! If the perpetrator was in a position of trust or power over the person, then those are increased to 7 years minimum jail plus a fine of between £16,000-£22,000.

And it includes online sexual harassment!!

For the fines remember that the average Egyptian earns FAR below the average Brit so are proportionately much higher in the Egyptian context.

I'm not posting this naively, I know all too well terms are open to interpretation and systems to abuse/misuse and obviously women (primarily) have to feel able to report, however, this undeniably sends a very strong message.

Am interested to see how this plays out when it comes into law.

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UsedUpUsername · 28/06/2021 10:53

Let’s see them enforce it. Street harassment in Egypt is absolutely horrific so something drastic needs to be done. Not really comparable to the UK situation


PurpleHoodie · 28/06/2021 11:06

Oh. That's sound like good news.

Will keep an eye on developments.


MouseyTheVampireSlayer · 28/06/2021 11:55

Is it cynical of me to think this is partly fueled by the women are property line?


PurpleHoodie · 28/06/2021 16:49

It's part of the explanation.

But we also have this in the UK. Much more than Egypt at the moment, unfortunately.

Any woman is up for rape/domination.

Sex. Jobs. Sports. Work. Supermarket toilets for example i.e Sainsbury's using their PR department to confuse people as to what are LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual Rights) and anti-gay anti-female, anti-women, anti-black/brown/white Rights.

Sainsburys's et al need to educate themselves as to the difference between pro, and anti.


PurpleHoodie · 28/06/2021 16:55

Much more meaning legal actions.

Egyptians are ahead of us it seems. If it is for females by reality definition.


theleavesaregreen · 28/06/2021 16:55

I've read the Egypt is the worst place in the world to be a woman.
And bearing in mind the competition for that title...


PurpleHoodie · 28/06/2021 16:57



ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 28/06/2021 19:45

I’d be amazed if this is effectively enforced. Egypt has a shockingly bad reputation and high FGM rates. It’s not a place I would want to be a woman.


VikingVolva · 28/06/2021 23:12

How is sexual harassment defined in Egyptian law?


theleavesaregreen · 28/06/2021 23:56


PurpleHoodie · 29/06/2021 09:37

Thank you theleaves.


CorvusPurpureus · 29/06/2021 12:14

Oddly I'm from Yorkshire & live in Egypt!

I know where I feel safer, & it isn't Leeds...

There's a lot of grassroots feminism here. A couple of high publicity rape cases hit quite close to home as far as my female students are concerned. They're angry.

As for street harassment: yes, it's a problem. As an obviously not Egyptian woman, I find a torrent of furious Arabic swearing gets men like this to back off sheepishly very quickly indeed. It's not so easy for Egyptian women. It's good to see the government responding.


PurpleHoodie · 30/06/2021 00:00

Thanks for posting Corvus. Great to get an "on the ground" insight.

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