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Finally some good news for the women of Egypt. During the 16 Days campaign to combat violence against women and girls, which takes place every year from the 25th of November until the 10th of December, the Egyptian government announced launching a shelter for women who are victims of violence.

 

According to the Ministry of Social Solidarity, there are currently eight similar facilities in Cairo, Daqahlia, Minya, Qalyubia, Alexandria, Beni Suef and Fayoum. The initiative aims at improving family ties and rehabilitating women who have been physically abused, undergone sex trafficking and those with disabilities by offering them safe shelter.

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The shelters will help women embrace their inner craftsmen and display their productions at state-organized fairs. According to the Library of Congress, there appears to be no official statistics for crimes of sexual violence against women as they from reporting it out of fear of retaliation or shame. A 2013 United Nations report, Study on Ways and Methods to Eliminate Sexual Harassment in Egypt, claimed that the spread of sexual harassment -physical and verbal- in Egypt has reached unprecedented levels.

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