Since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in Egypt, artists have been active in breaking Egypt’s age-old taboos around sexual violence, especially since sexual harassment has been on the rise.
In the period after the revolution, artists (including women) have covered the country’s walls with murals and slogans, using them to amplify calls for change.
In February, two Egyptian artists, Mira Shihadeh and Zeft, painted ” the circle of hell” on a wall near Tahrir Square.
The image denounced a disturbing trend of violent gang rapes against female protesters.
Conquering the culture of self-censorship around sexual harassment has been a battle for artists and activists like el Husseiny.
She participated in a drama workshop on sexual harassment last November and December, which had more male participants than female ones.
“As an artist, I want to talk about sexual harassment; showing it on stage is my way to break this taboo. But unfortunately, our audience is limited. To maximise our impact, we should perform in schools, in the streets…”