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- In Egypt, 22 year old Nadine Started The Me Two Campaign; Jailed For Sexually Abusing, Became A Symbol Of Respect For Women
Declanne Walsh30 minutes ago
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- University student launched a campaign on social media, 70 thousand followers joined in a week
- Nadine says that the purpose of my campaign is only that women get information about their rights
22-year-old Nadine Ashraf has become a symbol of women's self-respect and pride in Egypt. The Philosophy student at the American University of Cairo not only started the 'Hashteg Meitu Campaign' against sexual harassers at the university but also led to major social change by sending them to prison bars.
Started a campaign by creating a new page on social media
Nadine says that in July, I saw a post on a social media platform accusing a university student of sexual abuse. He was quite rich. Suddenly his post had disappeared. Since the man was also accused of blackmailing the victim after sexually abusing her, I had no idea how the post was deleted without any explanation.
I was so angry that I woke up overnight and created a page on another platform called '@AssultPolice'. It put the details of the charges against him in the name of the person. His name was Ahmed Basam Zaki. I also put a description of his adventures with his photo. The man has been sexually abused ever since he was in the tenth standard. But as soon as a victim opens her mouth, someone will close her mouth. I wanted to stop it.
In response to this post, I also received hundreds of positive notifications and messages from about 30 women who confessed to being a victim of Zaki. Some even said that he had been raped. And thus the Meitu campaign started. Within a week, 70 thousand followers were added to my page. There was a flood of stories that meant that Egyptian women were fed up with sexual exploitation and insult.
Meanwhile, 6 years ago, I also put information about the rape of a woman by five youths in Five Star Hotel on the page. The accused were also arrested. I also received threats. A few days ago I came to know that some people were leaking my identity, so I decided to reveal myself. If bad people can know who I am, then good people should also know who I am. This is where my safety lies.
Purpose of the campaign – Women should be aware of their rights
Nadine says that the purpose of my campaign is only to make women aware of their rights. I myself was 11 years old when a laundryman tried to touch me in a wrong way. At that time I did not know what was happening to me, but today I understand that I was also a victim of sexual abuse at that young age.