Imprint Movement Strikes again…

Its another Eid and while many are celebrating others are patrolling to keep the women safe. Many of you know that with Eid comes sexual harassment which kills the spirit of celebration of this religious holiday for many muslim women so Imprint movement decided that they will do their best to make a festive holiday for all of us.

In Eid al fitr which occurred in August Imprint movement (Bassma) patrolled the Sadat Metro station and stopping more than 20 sexual harassment incidents. This Eid, Eid al Adha, we decided to take on Talaat Harb square and Talaat Harb Street. Our men put on their Yellow and orange vests started walking around looking out for potential harassment incidents, others were behind in a booth which was situated on the sqaure that acted as an information desk and a check point for people to go to incase they need any kind of assistance. The women stayed in groppi getting the news and reporting it to our social media feed.

About 30 to 40 volunteers mostly men showed up to help stop sexual harassment. Which was quite amazing because we expected lower numbers but I was happy to have my expectation not met.

We took off on the second day of Eid (saturday), our brave volunteers were able to stop 15 sexual harassment incidents and 4 of those were mass harassment, we are divided into 2 groups 1 group form a human chain around the woman leading her to safety while the other group takes the harassers to the police. They always tried talking to harassers in tough but respectful manner which instantly prevents the situation form getting violent.

On the third day of Eid (sunday), we were able to stop 10 sexual harassment incidents where 3 of those were mass harassment.  2 to 3 sexual harassment reports were filed and we will be following up on them. 1 of those incidents was an attack on a foreign woman but we got there on time before it got more serious.

The harassers are from the age of 12 till the age of 20 years old, and they are always in big groups. As you can see that the number of sexual harassment incidents have decreased on the second which proves the point that once they know that they will be punished they abstain from doing such a crime. Since most of them were kids then the theory of sexually frustrated is no longer valid, its habit they picked up and since no one was there to stop them they continued to do it.

There were other peaceful groups who present in other places in downtown and we cant deny their efforts and we are very grateful they are there however there were other groups who were using violence and were beating the harassers up. We denounce violence and refuse to use, as much as the sexual harassment crimes angers all of us but violence is not the answer, we simply stoop to their level and it turns our society into a animalistic society.

If you want to join us for the forth day of eid and our last day of patrolling this month please come tomorrow to talaat harb square at 4pm.

For arabic update please follow us on twitter @Imprint_Mov or join on our Facebook page

I would like at the end to thank everyone who is supporting us and specially our volunteers who sacrificed their eid and instead of celebrating they patrolled the streets. Specifically for Iman who endangered herself to pictures 🙂

3 Responses

  1. THIS is awesome. Please– if there is a FB page for this in English can you post the link? If not, please make one! I’d love for it to get more support!

  2. Hey, sadly enough there is none in English but i blog about our important event for this purpose, we will try to translate what we can,

  3. What you are doing is wonderful! You give women everywhere hope that men could be their friends and allies in a partnership for a more just and peaceful world. If this can be done in Egypt, it could be done in many places–if there were men brave as those of Imprint! Bless you!

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