Egypt Deploys Women Police Officers

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

Egyptian Female Police Officers patrol streets.

Egyptian Female Police Officers patrol streets.

According to international news reports Egypt has intensified deployment of female police officers on Monday, June 18, 2018.

These officers are deployed to combat complaints of sexual harassment on the streets and other public areas, during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This holiday marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

According to reports, the policewomen are highly trained to confront harassers and bring offenders to police stations for legal action. They have been trained as well to deal with various forms of law enforcement.

The female officers were heavily used at several places in the capital where sexual harassment could possibly occur due to overcrowding, such as the ticket windows of parks and cinemas, Corniche al-Nile and downtown Cairo.

According to reports, Brigadier Nashwa Mahmoud Director of the Department on Violence Against Women heightened the presence of female police officers in the vicinity of parks, amusement parks, cinemas, downtown Cairo, and the places of gatherings to thwart any harassment attempts, in coordination with a large number of women’s rights associations and the National Council for Women (NCW).

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