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Egypt Forms Female Police Force to Combat Violence, Masry Says

May 23 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s Ministry of Interior has formed its first, all-female police unit to combat sexual harassment and other violence against women, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported.

The 10-member unit will coordinate the ministry’s campaign in a country of more than 80 million where women have long complained of daily sexual harassment. The newspaper report yesterday on its formation cited Mervat Tallawy, head of the state-backed National Council for Women, and Hussein Fikry, the Interior Minister’s Assistant for Human Rights.

Tallawy said her group had asked for a female force and units at police stations to deal with violence against women, Al-Masry reported. The Interior Ministry will issue a newsletter to inform the public of the unit’s efforts, Fikry said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nadine Marroushi in Cairo at nmarroushi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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