According to a report on the 28th of Arabiya TV, the Legislative Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives approved a bill to “increase the punishment of sexual harassment” at its meeting on the 27th. According to this, Egypt will severely punish sexual harassment and increase the protection of women’s rights and interests. Intensity.
According to the report, the new bill characterizes sexual harassment as a “felon” rather than a “misdemeanor” in the general sense. The perpetrators of sexual harassment will be sentenced to 2 to 4 years’ imprisonment and 100,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately 40,000 yuan). Up to 200,000 Egyptian pounds in fines. The bill also stipulates that if a suspect commits another crime while being tracked, he will be punished with double fines and imprisonment. The previous Egyptian law to punish sexual harassment was issued in 2014. At the time, it stipulated that the perpetrators of sexual harassment should be imprisoned for not less than 6 months and a fine of 3,000 to 5,000 Egyptian pounds.
The problem of sexual harassment can be described as a chronic disease in Egyptian society. “Global Times” reporter noted that in Egypt, sexual harassment is traditionally not even considered a matter, and it was not considered illegal until 2014. According to a United Nations report in 2013, 99.3% of Egyptian women experienced some form of sexual harassment on the street, and 81% of the harassment occurred while using public transportation. According to data from the Egyptian Women’s Rights Center, 62% of Egyptian men admitted to harassing women.
Local Egyptian media reported that in order to eliminate sexual harassment and violence against women and protect women’s physical and mental health, the Egyptian government has made a lot of efforts. The Egyptian government launched the “2030 Women’s Empowerment Strategy” in 2017. Its main goals are By 2030, the status of women will be significantly improved. For example, the proportion of women serving as parliamentarians will increase to 15%, the number of women holding important positions in government departments will be increased, and sexual harassment of women will be reduced.