Project Description

Mobilize the community to create a cultural shift and empower women through awareness, education, self-defense and support resources for survivors.

Basant

Basant, Egypt
Basant, Egypt

CHALLENGE:
The UN estimates a staggering 99% of women in Egypt experience gender-based violence. Over 2,000 girls and women in Egypt’s most vulnerable five slums fall victim to sexual and domestic violence every year.

SOLUTION:
Mobilize the community to create a cultural shift and empower women through awareness, education, self-defense and support resources for survivors.

“Since the Egyptian revolution, the country has become deeply polarized. The conflicts in society have expanded on so many levels, and the transformation of these conflicts is impossible without gendered lenses that take into account gender-based violence victims.”

About Basant
In 2011, Basant founded Aspire, the only organization that operates in Cairo’s fragile, marginalized communities to empower young women and provide specialized support resources to violence survivors and
victims of abuse. Within three years, the organization grew into a network of over 600 volunteers across Egypt.

Aspire targets marginalized women as well as their children in the five most vulnerable slums in Cairo. It establishes support networks for violence survivors, women’s rights activists and volunteers though community-based victim centers, legal clinics, reproductive health and rights classes, self-defense trainings, counselling sessions and self-esteem workshops. To date, Aspire has touched the lives of 500 abuse survivors and protected more than 300 women from falling victims to violence.

Basant is working on a PhD in Public Health at the University of Maryland. She earned her MD from Ain Shams University and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.


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