Do not smile while sitting in taxisThis was the golden advice of my history teacher to our class in high school to avoid sexual harassment in taxis. All of us then were taking taxis to attend private lessons here and there and we were introduced to sexual harassments world. Of course during that time I do not recall that sexual harassments then were as disgusting and daring as now.
I still do not smile in taxis , in fact I do not smile while I am walking in the street anymore thanks to what I hear from remarks.
I will not speak about numbers or initiatives like Harass Map to combat sexual harassment in Egypt , I will not speak about the strict law issued by SCAF against Sexual harassment and assault. “Maximum penalty is death sentence”
I will speak about the true Egyptian ethics , the real ethics that we miss and need now more than anytime. I miss the days when a young man gets beaten for just sexually harassing a girl verbally by all other men in the street , in fact I feel these were legendary times.
Men , real men defended ladies and girls regardless of what they wore. It was not and is not about dress code , veiled ladies and girls are harassed day and night. Ladies in Lebanon are sexually harassed day and night while Lebanon is more open than Egypt. It is about the culture surrounding Arab youth now and how the media is sexualizing women in general.
You must know due to the lack of security the sale of electric Tasers in Egypt hit the ceiling especially among the ladies with the fact that the police force is still emotionally hurt and we have to protect ourselves more than before.
I just want to smile in the street while I am walking and feeling safe among people , my people.