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Campus march in Egypt marks International Women’s Day 

CAIRO, (Xinhua) -- The Cairo University of Egypt organized Wednesday a march on its campus under the theme of anti-sexual harassment to mark the International Women’s Day.

Held by the university’s anti-sexual harassment unit, the event was attended by large numbers of students, academics and civil society activists, who chanted slogans calling for gender equality.

During the demonstration, a number of university students and artists performed a pro-women show that was largely applauded by the audience.

Head of the Cairo University, Professor Gaber Nassar, said that the university shows solidarity with all women worldwide, stressing that the society should protect women and grant them all their legal rights.

“No community can improve without gender equality. Our university, which was built by donations from an Egyptian princess decades ago, will always champion and support women,” Nassar said during the event.

Head of the University’s anti-sexual harassment unit Maha al-Saeed said that they seized the occasion to raise awareness about sexual harassment and penalties of verbal and physical harassment.

“There is no difference between men and women...we both have rights and duties, we should respect each other,” she said.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year and it was adopted by the United Nations in 1975.

             

 

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