Profiles of Collective Actors - Selection Criteria

  • Collective actors that emerged in the post-Mubarak era
    Of the actors covered in this database, three were formed in 2011, six were established in 2012, one was formed in January 2013, and one actor was formed one month before the revolution.
  • Informal collective actors
    Much of the collective action that emerged in post-Mubarak Egypt was informal and much of it aspired to become a coalition or movement. This meant that we excluded non-governmental organisations from the research.
  • Actively contributing to stopping gender-based violence in public space
    We included informal collective actors whether they focused exclusively on sexual harassment or whether it comprised one of the areas of their work. We included those that adopted street action strategies as well as those that tried to deal with what they perceived to be the structural causes behind the phenomenon (such as lack of protection in the constitution etc). We excluded political/religious movements whose approach to gender-based violence was to press women to stay at home or feel responsible for the harassment on account of their attire. 
  • Ensuring men’s involvement whether as leaders or active participants
  • Ongoing initiatives at the time of research
    Some of the initiatives that we examined had to be excluded from the database at a later stage because six months later, they had failed to exist in their previous form, because they ended or had metamorphosed into another initiative.
  • Effective initiatives
    The level of effectiveness varied tremendous from one actor to another, however, all actors had one or more of the following criteria of effectiveness:
    • People on the street approach them and tell them the importance of their work, consult them or share their experiences with them
    • Volunteers are joining the initiative
    • There is media coverage of their issues and their work