In a personal initiative to help spread the message, local fashionista Ghina Ghandour created a video depicting her being harassed in an elevator.
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A recently launched American University of Beirut campaign highlights the need for specific laws to define and punish sexual harassment, with activists saying such abuse has a grave impact on the public at large and women in particular. The "Mesh Basita" ("Not Okay") national campaign, launched on July 31 by the KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality at AUB's Olayan School of Business, is pushing for heightened public awareness of the issue and more comprehensive sexual harassment legislation.Succar Slaiby underscored the need to have a law that tackles sexual harassment, explaining that currently there isn't any legislation that specifically criminalizes or addresses the act.The Mesh Basita campaign, AUB's statement noted, came as a result of this lack of legislation.But its organizers recognize the various initiatives being undertaken to criminalize sexual harassment in public spaces and workplaces.Chemaly touched on the social and economic impact of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace.The Mesh Basita campaign has garnered the support of several public figures, who set out to support the campaign in their own ways.
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