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Join MALA, the Illinois Humanities Council, and the UN Association in Chicago on International Day of the Girl for the screening of the award-winning documentary The People‘s Girls بنات الناس, which investigates the issue of sexual harassment in Egypt.

There will be a Q&A after the film with co-director Colette Ghunim. Currently located in Chicago, Illinois, Colette Ghunim is a freelance videographer, editor, and filmmaker. Previously, Colette interned at Rotary International as a Digital Coordinator, as well as in the Talent Relations department at Nickelodeon. This is her first in what she hopes to be many documentaries tacking issues faced by communities globally.

 

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SYNOPSIS
Sexual harassment has been a growing problem in Egypt over the last few years, especially in Cairo. UN Women reported that over 99% of Egyptian women have suffered from sexual harassment in their lifetime. Due to the extensive media coverage on the issue, the Egyptian government introduced anti-sexual harassment legislation, making it possible for harassers to face years in prison.

Filmmakers Colette Ghunim and Tinne Van Loon bring you The People’s Girls, a documentary film which through a series of interviews and social experiments takes a closer look at Egypt to see who is to blame for harassment and how women are fighting back. Because patriarchal societies often overlook women’s rights violations, this documentary serves as a catalyst for public debate not only in Egypt but internationally, as prominent cases of sexual harassment frequently occur on a global scale.

There is a suggested donation of $10, which will go towards funding a free screening campaign of the film throughout Egypt, to catalyze both conversation and solutions to end sexual harassment.

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