Thursday, February 10, 2011


Yesterday my geography students and I had the privilege of a guest lecture by a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence who recently arrived on our campus from Egypt. Dr. Hassan described the Fulbright SIR and other Fulbright programs and shared insights that helped us to place the current political events in a broader context. During her presentation, she mentioned that Egyptian women are starting to make some advances against repressive attitudes and practices. This reminded me of a very interesting and encouraging story that I described a couple of months ago on one of my other blogs.

HarassMap combines telecommunication and geotechnologies in order to learn more about how, when, and where women in Egypt experience sexual harassment of various kinds. The resulting maps can help individual women in their daily travels and can be used to help set priorities for social-service providers and law-enforcement officials.

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