sexual harassment

India: An App to Fight Violence Against Women

Publication Date: 
November 8, 2011
New York Times

NEW DELHI — For many women who live here, the list of Delhi’s “100 Most Unsafe Places,” recently compiled by Whypoll, a citizens’ networking group, resonates with unpleasant associations.

Dhaula Kuan, the neighborhood at the top of the rankings, is where, in 2010, a young call-center employee returning home from work was abducted and raped by a group of men in a car. In second place is Nelson Mandela Marg, the street where Sowmya Viswanathan, a journalist, was robbed, shot and killed by four men in 2009.

The Ghitorni Metro Station is where, earlier this year, a woman was dragged out of her relatives’ car and abducted by five men in another car after an argument between the two groups.

Germany: Support & Counselling for Muslim Women in Germany

Publication Date: 
March 30, 2008
Women's E News
Rabeya Mueller, a founder of ZIF. The Centre combines religious theory with a help hotline and counselling center.

Cologne (WeNews\WFS) – Most of Louise Becker's 12-hour workdays are hidden behind a bright orange door in suburban Cologne, Germany. There she counsels Muslim women through family and marriage problems. The meetings are secret to prevent harassment from the women's husbands, fathers and brothers.

Becker, 70, a German who converted to Islam 45 years ago, has helped women with crises of sexuality, faith and abusive relationships.

Afghanistan: Demanding Dignity on Kabul’s Streets, Afghan Women March Against Sexual Harassment

Publication Date: 
July 15, 2011
UN Dispatch
Young women and men protesting sexual harassment in Kabul, Afghanistan. 15 July 2011


Holding signs that read “This street belongs to me too”; “We won’t tolerate insults anymore”; and a banner with a verse from the Koran emphasizing the wrongness of abusing women, around 30 young Afghan women and men marched in the sweltering afternoon heat to protest the rampant and often violent sexual harassment of women and girls on Kabul’s streets.

The demonstration was the in Afghanistan. Though small in size, its message was clear and, in Afghanistan’s extremely conservative public space, incendiary: street harassment is an attack on women’s right to coexist in societywith men, and it must end.

Egypt: ‘They Ogle, Touch, Use the Filthiest Language Imaginable’

Publication Date: 
May 30, 2009
Women may be veiled but they are sexually harassed on Cairo’s streets. Credit:Cam McGrath/IPS

CAIRO, May 30, 2009 (IPS) - As night falls over Egypt’s capital, youth gather along the banks of the Nile where a carnivalesque atmosphere prevails.

Tamer and Mido have taken up positions on the railing next to the river. As a group of veiled teenage girls approaches, the duo works in tandem. Tamer removes the girls’ headscarves with his eyes, while sexually nuanced words roll off Mido’s tongue.

"Girls love the attention - it makes them feel attractive," says Mido, an engineering student, as the girls divert their eyes to the pavement and nervously scurry past. "They pretend to be innocent, but it’s just part of the game they play."

Guatemala: Women-only buses against sexual harassment

Publication Date: 
June 24, 2011
Women-only bus in Guatemala City. Credit:Danilo Valladares/IPS

GUATEMALA CITY, Jun 24, 2011 (IPS) - "We are all safer here; it's great because this way there are no men groping you," Jaqueline Escobar, a sales executive, told IPS on a bus that is exclusively for women, a service against sexual harassment that is being tried out in the Guatemalan capital.

Guatemala City's mass transit system, Transurbano, launched a pilot programme on Jun. 14 with dozens of buses identified with signs reading "For Women Only" and pink ribbons, which run between the city centre and neighbourhoods to the north and south.

Yanar Mohammed: Iraqi Women’s Vigilant Champion

Publication Date: 
June 28, 2011
Women's Media Center (WMC)
Yanar Mohammed has a message from Iraqi women for President Obama.

The democratic spirit of the Arab Spring uprisings is alive and well in the determination of women protesters in Iraq, who are seeing their rights slip away under the current administration.

Although the focus of many media reports has been on Egypt’s Tahrir Square, there is another Tahrir Square that demands our attention—the one in Baghdad.  On June 10, members of the (OWFI) were attacked and sexually molested as they gathered there to make demands. 

Pakistan: Sexual Harassment Act in place, but fears of reporting remain

Publication Date: 
April 14, 2011
Pakistani human rights activists hold candles as they shout slogans during a rally in Lahore on March 7, 2011.

ISLAMABAD: Despite the introduction of Harassment Act 2010 in the country, most women are more afraid of repercussions which may cause them to loose their job or face retaliation, so they save themselves by remaining quite.

Women are hesitant of lodging complaints as they feel they would face abusive language, forced late sitting, unnecessary work load and rumors about their characters.

Talking to APP Chairperson National Implementation Watch Committee on Harassment, Dr Fauzia Saeed said, “Whatever lip service we do and how much we show ourselves committed to the cause of women, the fact is that women issues receive lowest priority in our system.

Virginity tests: Misogyny and intimidation in Egypt

Publication Date: 
June 1, 2011
Christian Science Monitor

The Egyptian military's use of so-called virginity tests against female democracy protesters in Tahrir Square is part of a long tradition of using sexual harassment as a tool of social control.

The ugly allegations of so-called "virginity tests" being deployed from the torture arsenal of the Egyptian military would be hard to believe if they didn't fit a longstanding pattern among 's security forces: Using sexual harassment and torture centered around sexuality against government opponents.

 broke the news with a report on the case of 18 women detained by the military for protesting at  on March 9.

The Hymen Obsession: Inequality & Harassment in Egypt

Publication Date: 
June 3, 2011
Blog: idindeed
Egypt Women-January 25-2011

I am not writing this for the average Ali or Mahmoud on the streets of Cairo or Alexandria; rather this is written with the forward looking progressives of Egypt in mind; the internet savvy Egyptians of Twitter, Facebook & You Tube. Some ten years ago I went with my family to an Arab American convention in Washington DC, at the dinner table there was another Egyptian American family and their late teenage son & daughter who told us of their experience moving back to Egypt for a couple of years. The son loved it but the daughter complained bitterly of her experience in Egypt; I am sure you can guess why: sexual harassment!

Egypt: Film shines light on sexual harassment

Publication Date: 
April 6, 2011
In "Cairio 678" one of the lead characters, played by actress Bushra, is repeatedly harassed on buses.

A film lifting the lid on sexual harassment on the streets of Egypt is gaining plaudits around the world.

"Cairo 678" tells the story of three fictional women from different backgrounds as they search for justice from daily sexual harassment.<--break->