Qasr Al Nil bridge connects Cairo's Tahrir Square with Gezirah’s Opera Square, and in January 2011 this became the setting for a large anti-government protest that quickly became known as the beginning of the Egyptian revolution of 2011.
These protests were against the rule of president Hosni Mubarak, who had been in power for over three decades. For many, this was a chance to demonstrate the inequality, poverty, and corruption that had grappled the country under Mubarak's rule.
One week before the 4th anniversary of the revolution, Egyptian photographer Eman Helal documented the interactions on Qasr Al Nil bridge – a place that now young men openly harass women. This imagery (pictured below) is included in a larger body of work, titled "Just Stop," that looks at the sexual harassment women face in the streets of Egypt and the escalation of fear as incidents of sexual violence continue to rise.
Qasr Al Nil Bridge, Egypt
January 18, 2015
Photo by Eman Helal @EmanHelal754
Two young women are harassed by a group of men on Qasr el Nil Bridge, where the Nile boats offer a cheap outing for Egyptians. The bridge leads to Tahrir Square and the downtown area where young people hang out and go shopping.
Qasr El Nil bridge is one of the very important places in the history of the January 25th, 2011, revolution which saw the main clashes between protestors and police against Mubarak occur. Eman took this image one week before the 4th anniversary of the revolution.
In this video, you can see the installation process of Eman Helal's image as well as the reasons why she chose to document this issue.
This image was installed in Horten, Norway, as part of our global #WomenMatter campaign.
Installed in Horten, Norway