Cairo is seeing a wave of sexual harassment, underscoring EU and UN reports showing that nearly two-thirds of Egyptian men admit to having sexually harassed women at some point in their lives. (Only 2.4 percent of females report these incidents to the police.)The good news is that volunteer groups have formed to patrol Cairo’s downtown area and confront harassers, who often pretend to be ignorant of their crimes. The Financial Times took a look at the phenomenon over August:
Over the recent Eid al-Fitr holidays, about two dozen volunteers gathered for the first time at subway stations to try to give a bit of relief to women shopping and travelling during days off. Without nearly enough resources to stop the sometimes wanton public tormenting of women, they concentrate on the most egregious violation: men storming the subway cars meant to shelter women from the groping hands, ogling eyes and foul-mouthed catcalls of males.
Real men of course do not harass or grope women, and they do not tolerate the immature and pathetic creeps who do. So it’s good to see Egypt’s real men emerging and doing what real men do: helping those who need it.The bad news, of course, is that Egypt is still a country where such distasteful incidents are common.