HARASSMENT AGAINST WOMEN

Citation:
Abdelfattah, A., N. Ramadan, S. Hamed, and F. Soliman, "HARASSMENT AGAINST WOMEN", Gender-based violence “Pushing borders: Together we can do more”, Kasr Alainy - Cairo University, 1 November, 2015.

Date Presented:

1 November

Abstract:

Background: Sexual harassment is a violation of women's human rights and a prohibited form of violence against women in many countries. Sexually harassing conduct causes devastating physical and psychological injuries to a large percentage of women in workplaces around the world. Harassment directed against women in the workplace by their supervisors, fellow employees, or third parties interferes with the integration of women in the workforce, reinforces the subordination of women to men in society, violates women's dignity and creates a health and safety hazard at work.
Objectives: exploring harassment against females in Egypt and its types, also reporting its rate and attitude of both females and society to harassment. We tried also through this study to know the most common age at which harassment occur, in which place and most common perpetrator.
Methodology: In this study we collect data from two groups: the first group were about 500 female who came to kasr alainy hospital seeking medical advice and the second group were about 400 medical students at faculty of medicine Cairo university. A structured questionnaire was prepared by the researchers then the candidates were asked to answer this questionnaire after giving oral consent. The questionnaire included ten questions about type, frequency, site, perpetrator and attitude of both victim and society.
Results: we found exposure to harassment in both groups was more in student group than the other group, but multiple exposures were very high in both groups. Oral harassment was more prominent than physical in both groups. In student group harassment frequently occurs in the school bout in the other group it occurs elsewhere. In both groups usually, the perpetrator is an unknown person and the reaction of the victim usually negative.
Conclusion: the study shows the incidence of female exposure to harassment in Egypt is very high, so we recommend to try to do more studies on this bad phenomenon and its bad effects.
Keywords: (Domestic violence, suicide, domestic violence-related suicide)