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Egyptian women call out accused rapist, demand change

The arrest of an accused serial rapist and sexual harasser in Egypt has rekindled public discussion about sexual harassment and abuse after many women shared their stories of the man over social media.

Egyptian women and girls who for decades have endured sexual harassment and abuse in silence are now raising their voices en masse to demand justice and reform of Egypt's sexual harassment laws.

Defying the stigma associated with sexual violence, thousands of Egyptian women and girls are joining a rising call for harassers and rapists to be held accountable for their misdeeds. The Arabic hashtags "Listen to the voice of Egyptian women" and "Where is justice for Egyptian women" have gone viral on Egyptian social media platforms after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape surfaced against a purported “serial harasser” named Ahmed Bassam Zaki.

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