Shame Less مش عيب | Shortlisted Project - PHmuseum 2020 Photographers Grant - PHmuseum

Shame Less مش عيب

  • I am now 64 years old, when I was in university, I used to live in a hostel. At the end of each week, I used to go to my grandparents house. One day, while I was coming back from my grandfather house to the hostel, I got into a bus full of people. One of the men on the bus started moving towards me and standing very close and stuck himself to me. I felt something abnormal was happening. I felt ashamed of what happened to me.

  • I was in the street bending over to pay a cab driver through the window, a man walking by touched my ass with his finger. I exploded into tears and went up to my house in silence.

  • While I was walking alone in a long street, a man in his fifties started following me with his car for a long period and making hand gestures for me to get into the car with him. I was afraid so I crossed to the other side of the road, so he went around with his car and continued to follow me saying “come in and I will satisfy you and give you what you want”. In fear of him getting close to me, I tried to walk away from the car and deeper into the pavement.

  • While I was driving my car in Sphinx square, a microbus driver started cutting me off and saying, “come here so I would take care of you”. He came out of the microbus window and started to hit his car door aggressively with his hands. I continued driving until I saw a police checkpoint, thank god, and then I stopped and told him “come here then”, he was afraid from the police and drove away.

  • It is impossible to think that any woman living in Egypt will one day walk in the streets without being verbally or visually harassed. It is extremely difficult to believe that the places that where once safe are no longer possible for humans to safely live in, more like for animals, and a source of fear for women. So any woman living in Egypt is living a desperate and miserable life because the basic forms of human rights do not exist for her. I want to live!

  • In a typically normal day, I ordered an Uber for me and my friend to go out. While we were with the driver in the car, I started to notice changes in the movement of his hands and legs that were odd and very abnormal. I started getting worried and afraid so I texted my friend on “whatsapp” because she wasn’t aware, I texted her saying “I want to get out”. She started getting worried and shaking when she looked at him and realised that he unbuttoned his pants and started touching himself in a very inappropriate way. I was supposed to feel much safer than that, no one should ever feel this fear and shame.

  • I was coming out of my car with my sister under our house where there was a group of boys hanging around. My sister wasn’t vailed at the time, she had highlights in her hair, and wearing a dress. I was afraid that they would harass her. To my surprise, they started calling me names and making fun of my conservative clothes. They were very loud and clapping their hands.

  • While I was in university, I was walking toward the train station with a friend heading home in the afternoon. An old man was walking his young daughter back from school bumped into me and grabbed my chest. Instead of supporting us, people in the street started saying “let him go.. you are proving that you are not well behaved”.

  • I was at my friend’s house. While I was in the kitchen with her mother and father, suddenly he started tickling me around my waist. Some people might say that he is an old man and just kidding, but no, for me this is harassment.

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