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Fighting sexual assault in Egypt

  • February 5, 2014

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Gender & Governance

In this first video in the Global Uprisings interview series, Egyptian activist Mariam Kirollos reflects on the fight against sexual assault in Cairo.

Mariam Kirollos is an Egyptian feminist activist and a human rights defender based in Cairo. Mariam is one of the founding members of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH), a group that is combating the growing problem of sexual harassment and collective sexual assaults/rapes against women during protests. The group patrols the streets during protests and fights off men as they attempt to encircle and assault women. The group also provides legal and medical support and follow-up care to girls and women after the assaults.

The following interview is the first in a series of interviews conducted at the Global Uprisings conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that took place during the weekend of November 15-17, 2013. View more interviews and online documentaries at

Brandon Jourdan

Brandon Jourdan is an award-winning independent filmmaker, journalist, and writer. Together with Marianne Maeckelbergh he runs the Global Uprisings documentary series. Brandon has contributed to the New York Times, CNN, Babelgum, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Democracy Now!, the Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech Television.

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Marianne Maeckelbergh

Marianne Maeckelbergh is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University in the Netherlands and IOF Marie Curie visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley.

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