June 20th marked the day Egyptians decided to speak up against Sexual Harassment. On the occasion I had promised myself I would put a few thoughts together for such a valuable cause.(#endSH)
Am no expert on the subject, but I am yet another female who had to endure the cruel reality of living in a city like Cairo.
I have been deprived from walking around and enjoying the streets of my own country for over 30 years, out of fear of getting harassed (and the occasional scarring incident.)
I realize and stress the importance of early awareness and education among children and teenagers in relation to sexual harassment.
So many teenagers, young adults and women are emotionally scarred everyday by what goes on in our streets.
Here’s briefly how I feel we can end Sexual Harassment #endSH (long term solution but most effective in my humble opinion):
Teach your boys to look, speak, think and treat girls & women with love & respect. Lead by example to end sexual harassment.
Teach your girls to stand up for their rights, to feel empowered, be courageous & to talk abt their incidents & not be ashamed.
On the short term, clear laws and punishments have to be reinforced to protect girls and women.