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A Diver Boosts the #MeToo Movement in Egypt

from the January, 2019 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Egypt is unfortunately known as a place where harassing female tourists on the streets is common. But when the hassling happened recently on a Red Sea dive trip, one diver took matters into his own hands -- and with his camera -- and Egyptian media backed him up by publicly shaming the harasser.

Underwater photographer Mohammed Hani was on a dive near Sharm el Sheikh when he noticed an uncomfortable encounter between a young female diver (whom he supposed was Russian) and her diving instructor, both underwater and above. He started tracking the incident underwater with his camera, following them when they surfaced, arguing, with the woman looking for an escape as soon as she saw the boat. Looking relieved, she asked for help to board and to be protected from her instructor. The man doing the harassing threatened Hani twice, first when Hani tried to intervene and then after realizing Hani had photos.

Hani took those photos to the Arab news channel Alarabiya, saying he chose to "expose the man so that his company could deal with him legally in order to preserve the reputation of Egypt's tourism." Alarabiya published Hani's photos, and kudos to both for exposing harassers and making them think twice before they get grabby.

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