IDRC lectures

HarassMap: Social Mapping Sexual Harassment and Violence in Egypt

Rebecca Chiao,
Co-Founder and Director of HarassMap
February 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Recent world events have shown how social media can fuel social change. Scientists supported by IDRC are now studying how these media can help better understand — and help — women who are stalked, harassed, or sexually assaulted. 
The HarassMap project, based in Egypt, encourages victims and witnesses to anonymously report sexual harassment as soon as it happens, using a simple text message. HarassMap turns the women’s messages, web postings, emails, and Twitter feeds into points on a Google map to show harassment “hot spots.” As Rebecca Chiao, HarassMap’s founder and director, explains, “the volunteer initiative combines mobile and Internet technology with community activism to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt.” And according to Chiao, such technologies could overcome many of the barriers to data collection in some countries: the reluctance of women to report or discuss such crimes; a lack of resources for data collection; and bureaucratic procedures for conducting large-scale and/or sensitive research.
Please join us for her lecture,HarassMap: Social Mapping Sexual Harassment and Violence in Egypt
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where: IDRC, W. David Hopper Room, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ON
Rebecca T. Chiao, co-founder of HarassMap, has lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt since 2004. In addition to directing HarassMap, she is a Development and Communications Consultant to INJAZ Egypt, a non-governmental organization that trains youth in business skills.  She previously was Director of International Relations at the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights where she founded and managed their Campaign Against Sexual Harassment. Chiao holds a MA in International Development and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a certificate in Strategic Frameworks for NGOs from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Politics and Pre-Medicine from New York University.
This event is free but seating is limited so please register.
French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.
This event will be videotaped and available on our Website and on our YouTube channel.

Information: 613 696-2101

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is participating in this year's International Development Week (IDW) at various universities across Canada. Learn more
Vancouver, Nanaimo, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal:

January 28, 2013 – 14:00 15:30
14:00 – 15:30 - Simon Fraser University, Room 7000, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

January 29, 2013 – 11:30 – 13:00
Island University, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo

January 30, 2013 – 10:30 – 12:00
University of Alberta, Telus Centre 217/219, Edmonton. No need to register.

February 1, 2013 – 12:30 – 13:30
University of Winnipeg, 520 Portage Avenue, Room 2MS12, Winnipeg

February 5, 2013
– 10:00 – 12:00
The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk Centre for International Studies
1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto. Register at or watch the live webcast at

February 8, 2013 – 12:30 – 14:00
McGill University, NCDH 202, 3644 Peel Street, Montreal 

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