Participants in the My Right programme
Participants in the My Right programme 

Overview 

Co-funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), My Right is a partnership between the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the British Council, in collaboration with civil society representative organisations. It provides legal and psychological support to female victims of violence and aims to reduce violence against women and helps them to understand their rights.

A community and a male engagement strand have been included to raise awareness among young people and men about the centres and issues of violence against women through training. This strand also includes locally-led social action projects to address violence against women and awareness raising about about less well-known forms of violence such as the economic and emotional violence, and restrictions on mobility.

The main focus of the programme for 2016-17 is male engagement. Alongside the programme, there is a campaign to challenge the social acceptance of violence against women and girls, building on the work of organisations such as HarassMap, which allows women to report harassment online. In partnership with Harrassmap, the programme delivers training which aims to engage men so that they recognise the consequences of personal violence and sexual harassment for women concerned, their families, communities, and the broader society.  

You can't fight violence against women without engaging men, we are all exposed to violence, the only way we can end this, that we work together, respect each other and listen more... 

Impact 

  • Psychological and legal support have been provided to violence survivors in eight Egyptian governorates from 2015 to date.
  • Inspired by Victim Support UK, the programme has established women support centres in Egypt to dispense expert legal advice to women and girls who are subject to violence in four cities – North Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan and Tanta – that according to national statistics have the highest rates of violence.
  • Capacity building for around 100 judges has taken place through customised English language courses to enhance their ability to communicate internationally.
  • During 2015-2016, the programme, partnering with HarassMap, provided Male Engagement Training of Trainers (ToT) and cascaded training in four governorates (Cairo, Alexandria, Al Gharbia and Aswan). 

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