Sisi picks combating sexual abuse as his first social task

Sisi picks combating sexual abuse as his first social task
Tue Jun 10, 2014 17:31:14

Egypt's new president has targeted on one of the nation's most troubling social ills as his first major social policy, ordering his interior minister to do whatever it takes to combat sexual harassment.

A presidential spokesman says Abdel-Fattah Sisi also called for the decisive implementation of a new law that punishes convicted harassers with up to five years in prison.

A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations marking el-Sissi's inauguration Sunday, including a mass attack on a mother and her teenage daughter, marred the occasion and sparked outrage.

According to a recent study by Thomson Reuters Foundation Egypt is the most unsafe country for women in the Arab world.

The study which was conducted on November 2013 said high rate of sexual harassment, female genital mutilation and a growth in conservative groups contributed to the low ranking.

A UN report in April 2013 said 99.3% of women and girls in Egypt had been subjected to sexual harassment.


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