HarassMap: A Place to Speak

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 8.34.14 PMThis weeks articles were centered on women’s rights particularly in harassment issues. Harassmap was really appealing to me because not only had I not heard of it before, but it is such a formidable platform for women anywhere to share a platform to express their grief and stories. Harassmap’s concept allows women to share their stories without revealing their identities and gives them a chance to express what they feel without feeling shame and fear that they would otherwise fear in regular society.



The objective is “To engage all of Egyptian society to create an environment that does not tolerate sexual harassment.” I think this is such a great resource as well as opportunity for women to push the boundaries of cultural shame and problems that don’t allow them to express the taboo subjects of sexual harassment and rape. It is not only frowned upon to express such an issue but also can literally destroy a girl’s reputation and respect. Many areas in the Middle East view women who have been victims of sexual harassment as damaged goods and it ruins her chances of not only getting justice but also marriage and pursuing a career. To make matters worse, depending on the families the girls are from justice is served not for the girls dignity and honor but for her father as he usually claims to the judicial system that he literally has “damaged goods” and are compensated for it.

Therefore, women usually don’t have a say at all and harassmap is a great way for these women to connect with others and share their feelings and problems. It is not only a kind of therapy for them, but it can allow them to receive the help they need as well as give information for others.

Harassmap’s vision is “To build a society that guarantees the safety of all people from sexual and gender based violence.” Hopefully, they can continue to help and influence women to speak up and share their experiences in order to better help them.




3 thoughts on “HarassMap: A Place to Speak

  1. anthonymartinez415 says:

    Great work! You stated, “Harassmap’s concept allows women to share their stories without revealing their identities and gives them a chance to express what they feel without feeling shame and fear that they would otherwise fear in regular society.” When truly thinking about this concept, it makes me frustrated to think that women in the Middle East or even in America would be looked at with shame and have fear of judgement or punishment. The idea of HarrassMap and the benefits within it are wonderful, but its sad to think that women in this present era will be looked at with a worse reputations and respect. In my mind, thats everything opposite of how I would imagine it to be. Because its the mens ignorance and uneducated ass that puts these women in this position. But unfortunately its a poor quality of reality. Additionally, Im not stating this to argue your points, I’m agreeing with you completely. Its just a shame for women to be accused for uncontrollable issues.


  2. Shaina Goel says:

    Its obvious you really understood the issues involving harassment and the objective of HarassMap. You touched on the impact of HarassMap in creating communities and sharing stories in the safety of anonymity.


  3. ipalacio23 says:

    Good analysis! I really like the part where you say that Harassmaps serves as a therapy for women because they are able to connect with others who have gone through the same thing. I think that is really important because I feel like women who are sexually harassed are sometimes afraid to speak out, and this provides them a platform to not be afraid anymore since it is anonymous. By making it digital, it also helps the project become much more widespread to more women who are in a similar situation! Hopefully this spreads around in Egypt and other countries.


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