HarrassMap: Relinquishing Fear For Good

Harrassmap is an advocacy campaign dealing with the prevention and response to violence against girls in Egypt. Its goal is to stop people from standing by and letting violence happen, its hope is to initiate a conversation and set a context for people to have space in where they can openly change and engage others unto the perception of what is normal and what is deemed acceptable. Founded in Cairo by four girls, including Rebecca Chiao and Engy Ghozian; they created a system that sets up a reporting system that enables victims and witnesses of sexual harassment against girls and women to document what happened by text, email, social media or on their website.

In response to HarrassMap a review by Chelsea Young, explores this infrastructure’s capabilities as a way to enhance social policy. Believing that it can serve to overcome cultural and environmental constraints. The goal of Harassmap impedes on the idea there is no excuse or better yet, no platform in not having a safe space to report any existing fear or harm experienced or witnessed. The campaign was originally run by all volunteers, until the project received a grant from a Canadian Research Center. The most substantial benefit to Harrassmap would be the individual benefit in which the victim is offered necessary support systems to overcome the trauma and post traumatic anxiety encountered by sexual abuse. To have the ability to easily document these occurrences without the accusations, stigma, and blame. Young explains, it’s a model that facilitates social protection and greater social welfare.  Today HarrassMap has managed to reach thirteen cities with over seven hundred volunteers and thirteen paid staff. Together they help dismantel myths and misconceptions and not accept sexual harassment because they fear stigma or resources. The main tactic is truth, seeing what’s visually accessible in their neighborhoods and what happens in a mile radius of their homes should carry enough weight to invoke at least a handful of people to reach out and act out. The idea of croudsourced maps created the idea of filling a need in which these outreach programs and platforms would enable a gold mine of realization. Since the intiatives take off, it has taken over seven hundred accounts analyzing women in both rural and urban areas, harboring no restrictions to city, social background or age. Going forward Harassmaps hopes to have different platforms of reporting in which allocate different kinds of reports, adding more layers of information.

The aspects of Femtech have so far been very enlightening and awakening. Since the class as started I have been introduced to many different sides of Femtech. Including theory, digital art, silent protesting, and even crowdsourced initiatives which encompass a hope or undying urge to break free stronger then I have ever seen. Even though the picture might not be so clear at first, the message is still as powerful once you look closer. I really appreciate that the goal of Femtech, the root of it all, is centered around what grounds us to the earth, its Christina Mcphee’s sonic vibrations of the pacific plate, it’s the heart felt testimonies of Mapping Desent, and most of all, it’s the endless desire to have a will and need to fight for change. To fight for social policy and welfare not just for woman but for everyone because, All Lives Matter.







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