Sexual harassment leads Egyptian women to martial arts – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Sexual harassment leads Egyptian women to martial arts – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

For her part, Asra Saleh, who works in marketing, told Al-Monitor that she will join the campaign because she gets harassed daily. Saleh has filed several harassment claims but was forced to retract many of them because of societal pressure. And the police often do not treat her claims seriously. Despite that, she thinks that filing a harassment claim is very important, in addition to martial arts training for women, because they allow the girls’ voices to be heard.

Azza Kamel, president of the Centre for Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT) and a feminist activist, said in an interview with Al-Monitor that she welcomed the spread of those campaigns because women should be able to defend themselves at any time. “These campaigns are not new. The Shoft Tahrosh campaign had previously trained girls and conducted awareness campaigns that attracted volunteers to warn that harassment is a crime and is rejected by society,” Kamel said.

It should be said that self-defense is the best way to deal with sexual harassment, which has become a real threat to the moral fabric of Egyptian society. Harassment in Egypt is getting worse, and it is especially acute during demonstrations. Sexual harassment should not be tolerated, especially in light of the slow government action against it and the state’s preoccupation with fighting terrorism in Egypt and ignoring social problems, of which sexual harassment is one of the worst.

Reham Mokbel
Contributor, Egypt Pulse

Reham Mokbel is a political science researcher at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies. She is based in Cairo and is a freelance reporter for Deutsche Welle. Reham has a BA from the faculty of economics and political science in the English section at Cairo University and is preparing a master’s in international relations.

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“What you see depends on what you are looking for.”                                                                                         – Jan Thrope, Inner Visions of Cleveland 

In my last post, I talked about extending the right kind of invitation as part of building community – and the importance of asking about people’s gifts and assets, rather than focusing solely on their needs and problems.  I shared the story of Adele from Indiana.  Through conversations that invited Adele to talk about her gifts, combined with intentional acts of connecting Adele to others in the community, Adele’s cooking skills were activated in ways that not only benefited her own quality of life, but the broader community as well.  I ended my post by talking about the inherent power of stories like Adele’s to create a new narrative for community based on hospitality, gifts, and connectedness, and so I issued an invitation for others to also share their experiences.

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Cancer now biggest killer in Australia, ahead of heart disease: WHO report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Serious stuff but isn’t this the same advice given for avoiding heart attacks and stroke? So, is it real advice or knee jerk advice?

The report says 3.7 million cancer deaths could have been avoided by lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight.

\”About 5 per cent of all cancers is due to alcohol consumption – that\’s an important part of the preventable cancer story,\” said Cancer Council Australia\’s Terry Slevin.

\”Let\’s make no bones about it, alcohol is a class one known carcinogen, it\’s listed by the World Health Organisation as such.\”

Research shows women\’s risk of breast cancer can increase by having as little as one alcoholic drink a day. For men, the risk of tumours increases with two to three drinks a day.

via Cancer now biggest killer in Australia, ahead of heart disease: WHO report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Like a Breeze

I was a child like a breeze—beautiful and fresh

I was born during war where people try to escape

I gave smiles with my small lips to other’s smiles

I was a morning breeze entering houses with happy families

I was not powerful enough to cure their pain of losing loved ones

But the wind before every rain shakes all trees

Now this little breeze is a wind

Like a child who grows into a teenager

The wind’s voice can be heard before it comes to the forests and cities

But no one knows my voice, no one clearly hears it.

I am a beautiful wind before the rain.

I do not yet have enough power to support poor people

Or help the flower buds from begging on the streets

I do not have power to bring the flower bud to the master gardener

But I am now a wind, and I will become a powerful young storm

That lifts up the innocent, like seeds growing in the dirt

The young storm is beginning

It will hug every poor and orphaned child

And paint a beautiful picture of life with all the colors of nature.

After that storm ends, will rise a beautiful rainbow.

Farida Fa., age 16

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Like a Breeze.