The Fight Against Sexual Harassment on Arab Campuses
by Sarah Lynch
CAIRO – Images of burns shaped like handprints on bare women’s bodies didn’t last long at an art exhibit about sexual harassment last semester at the American University in Cairo. Outraged over the provocative prints, students demanded they be torn down.
The controversy was part of the point: To shock viewers into thinking about sexual harassment in this part of the world where the offense is often endemic.
“Sexual harassment is in the public sphere. It’s everywhere,” said
Heba Hesham, co-founder of Heya, a student-founded women’s rights
initiative that helped organize the exhibit.