Egypt’s railways: Safe travels for women of all ages – Egypt – Al-Ahram Weekly

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The National Council for Girls (NCW) alongside with Egypt National Railways (ENR) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) place their palms alongside one another to make Egypt’s railway network safer for feminine travellers. The trio agreed to launch an recognition marketing campaign versus sexual harassment on public transport in specific and violence in opposition to gals in typical.  

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Safaa Habib, NCW’s political coordinator, advised Al-Ahram Weekly that the Al-Sekka Aman (Railway is Protected) campaign includes billboards and marketing videos on social media platforms that will be utilized on the busiest practice routes. “The marketing campaign which has presently commenced is assigning volunteers who will tell the community about the campaign and its objectives. In addition, passengers will be informed by using various social media platforms on how to add to a additional open up dialogue about protected transport in Egypt,” Habib said.

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According to Habib, the ENR has set up hotline 15047 and [email protected] to report any harassment incident versus girls while travelling by means of the railway community. The hotline is linked to the railways police officers who will obtain the report and choose the required legal action versus the harasser. “The campaign also informs girls how to report any harassment incident and abide by up on it. Until now 11 posters have been dispersed to railway passengers and personnel elevating their consciousness about gender equality as nicely as the lawful outcomes of sexual harassment,” Habib said.  

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Habib pointed out that the campaign educates a vast selection of citizens with a variety of social and economic backgrounds on the campaign’s messages which contributes to spreading consciousness of women’s difficulties. “The NCW has outstanding encounter in a previous media campaign which took location in the underground metro where it greater people’s recognition about household planning troubles, sexual harassment, the harm completed from early relationship and participation in function.”

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ENR is the second oldest railway enterprise in the world and is thought of a single of the significant every day transportation means for travellers in Egypt, with about 1.2 million passenger journeys per working day. By increasing safety on trains and platforms, ENR Chairman Ashraf Raslan expects the amount of women of all ages travelling on its network to enhance from 16.8 for every cent in 2015 to 19.8 for every cent in 2022.

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In accordance to a push release, EBRD has donated extra than €400 million to bolster safety and protection on general public transportation and to boost gender equality by renewing its ageing fleet and enhancing the basic safety and quality of railway passenger expert services. 

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Hoda Gado, an staff at the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, pointed out that the campaign is an superb initiative “during these difficult times. This will really encourage me to travel extra usually by teach to my parents instead of by auto. I have to travel practically every working day to check on my mothers and fathers in Banha,” Gado claimed.

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Mona Ahmed, a college scholar who lives in Alexandria and commutes to Cairo to attend her lessons, explained she experienced listened to about the marketing campaign from her close friends. “Though I under no circumstances had a problem with travelling by educate and I never ever knowledgeable any sexual harassment although travelling, I believe that it is a excellent phase to the defense of girls in opposition to any violation of their rights and privacy,” Ahmed reported. 

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*A version of this article appears in print in the 14 January, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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