Sexual harassment is a taboo topic in Egypt, and often it’s women themselves who get the blame for being attacked. The initiative harrassmap.org wants to change that. Women who have been harassed can report the precise location and type of assault by SMS, phone, email or Twitter.
These individual reports are plotted on a map, making clusters and black spots immediately visible. And so that it doesn’t remain a detached digital exercise, a team of over 500 Harass-Volunteers go once a month to these black spots to talk to shopkeepers, taxi drivers and residents and to try and change attitudes.
So far there have been more than 1400 entries on the map, from lewd remarks and sexual threats through to attempted rapes. As well as giving women a place to anonymously publish their negative experiences, there are also directions on seeking medical, psychological and legal help.