This year, Egyptians witnessed one of the biggest campaigns against rape and sexual harassment in the country, some even called it the Egyptian #MeToo Movement. Although several social media influencers and advocates supported the campaign, one voice stood louder than all the others because it was vocal when many weren’t. Two days ago, this voice was internationally recognized by being featured on The New York Times, and that is the voice of Nadeen Ashraf, a 22-year-old Philosophy major and Founder of Assault Police.
According to the article, Ashraf created an Instagram page calling out a man accused of sexual harassment and assault, among other things. “Within a week, it had 70,000 followers,” noted NYT.
Assault Police was one of the main platforms exposing the crimes perpetrated by the AUC graduate, Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who was identified as a sexual predator, assaulting, harassing, and even blackmailing a shocking number of girls and boys. As a result of the efforts of this platform, along with many others, Zaki was finally arrested and is currently awaiting trial.
The Instagram page later also shed light on the infamous “Fairmont Incident”, where a group of men drugged and raped a young woman during a party at the Fairmont, and recorded video evidence that was later widely circulated among their circles.