Safety in the workplace: is it Possible?

Improve quality of life & productivity of 600 Egyptian women & men factory workers, regarding the potential threat of harassment @ workplace

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Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Not Guilty

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 50 - 100

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Egypt

Headquarters location: City

Heliopolis, Cairo

Location(s) of impact

Egypt: Port Said Egypt: Assiut. Egypt: Al Obour Egypt: Cairo Egypt: Al Minya.


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Factory women are a marginalized group in the Egyptian society. 88% of factory women belong to poor families and contribute part or all their salary in the household. Main motive behind joining the labor force is the dire need to obtain an income regardless of how small it is. The inferior social and cultural status of these women contributes to exposing them to several forms of exploitation violence and discrimination at the work place.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Not Guilty: NG facilitators will implement anti harassment awareness sessions. Each factory will be visited four times per month reaching 60 factory workers per factory. The awareness session forms the central tenant of the proposed project. The material content, activities and pedagogy have been carefully developed to achieve real impact and behavioral changes among factory women and men. Women and men will understand the following Harassment and its social and financial implications. Knowledge of positive strategies for managing feelings and responding to negative situations Understanding healthy boundaries and respect for others Knowledge of ways for defense & reporting cases safely How to break the silence Engage bystanders Effect of harassment on productivity & stability of work place Support facilitator led group therapy sessions Ensure In-factory follow-up and support

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

In factory 1 Not Guilty provided the program to women only. There were 10 women involved three reported being harassed in the workplace (30%). On our way out of the factory, the men factory workers asked why they were not involved in this training. Not Guilty developed a program for men, and in our next factory with 20 men and 20 women involved 70% of men reported having no idea about the consequences of harassment on women; 75% were amazed that women do not like harassment. 60% of women said that after this training they are more prone to report if there is a safe way to report. 65% of women realized that harassment has nothing to do with the way a woman dresses; 80% had no clue of their rights. 100% of the men loved being involved in the program.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1. Individual donations or gifts: 15% 2. Grants: 50% 3. Corporate contributions: 20% 4. Earned income: 15% 5. Partnership with private companies like Orange, Ashoka, ADEW, Hope Village, UN Women, GIZ (German Aid), Ford Foundation, New Woman Foundation, Adew, the Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Services. We are working to develop other relations in the private sector that could contribute financially with Not Guilty

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

NG is the first NGO in Egypt to focus & work only on harassment & abuse hence the Ashoka fellowship.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Working against sexual abuse since 2012 mainly among students, I discovered that some factory girls came for counseling suffering from consequences of being sexually abused in the workplace either by a manager, a supervisor or a colleague worker. I produced a documentary called 'A factory of Women" in partnership with the Ford Foundation. In 2015 I published a book: The Silver Box, 10 real stories of factory women who have been sexually abused. Yet, this was not enough. In October 2016 in partnership with GIZ (German Aid in Egypt) there was a platform on harassment in the workplace. Our group chose factory girls because they are a marginalized group. NG designed a program and piloted it in 2 factories. Aha, this needs to be nationwide.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact


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Photo of Mary Hosny

When this project will be implemented , as the safety of women’s specially work place environment comes first.

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