Photographer Interviews


Eman Helal on Covering Street Harassment in Egypt

September 20, 2017

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Eman Helal

Eman Helal’s series “Just Stop” includes pictures showing men harassing women on the street, portraits of women who have survived assault, and images of clothing that victims were wearing when they were attacked. Showing the faces of survivors was an important way to say, “We are not to blame,” she says.

With “Just Stop,” her long-term project about gender-based abuse in Egypt, Cairo photojournalist Eman Helal has tried to depict victims of harassment in a way that counters the common assumption that women are to blame for provoking attacks. She began the project in 2013, after she read a Facebook post by a teenage girl who reported that a man had...

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