An Egyptian policewoman from a newly formed force to combat sexual harassment in the streets is deployed in Cairo on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr. (Roger Anis, File/Associated Press)
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CAIRO: It might have been another #MeToo moment: An Egyptian woman says a man stalked her at a bus stop, made inappropriate advances, and only backed off when she began filming him with her cellphone.But when she posted the video on Facebook, it ignited an online debate in which many Egyptians, including women, took the man's side. Sexual harassment, mostly ranging from catcalls to occasional pinching or grabbing, is rampant in Egypt. That may explain the response to the brief video Menna Gubran posted on Aug. 15 . The diverging responses reflect a long-running debate in Egypt over what constitutes sexual harassment and who is at fault.The problem of sexual harassment in Egypt gained worldwide attention during and after the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, when women were harassed, groped -- and in some cases, beaten and sexually assaulted -- during mass protests.Another poll carried out last year by U.N. Women and Promundo, a non-governmental organization, found that nearly 60 percent of Egyptian women say they have been sexually harassed, and nearly 65 percent of men acknowledge harassing women, though they mainly admitted to ogling.
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