Cairo is the world’s most dangerous megacity for women, according to a new report from the Thomas Reuters Foundation.
Since the uprising against the authoritarian government of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, disturbing public incidents of sexual assault have been been documented in Cairo’s Tahrir square against journalists, foreigners, and Egyptian women. Following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by the military in 2013, The Guardian reported, more than 80 women were subjected to mob sexual assaults, harassment, or rape in just one night. CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was the victim of sexual assault while reporting from Tahrir Square in 2011, an attack from which she was still suffering complications four years later. Since then, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, conditions for women have continued to deteriorate.
“Everything about the city is difficult for women. We see women struggling in all aspects. Even a simple walk on the street, and they are subjected to harassment, whether verbal or even physical,” Egyptian journalist and women’s rights campaigner Shahira Amin told France24.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation report found that Cairo was the third-most dangerous megacity in the world in terms of sexual violence — beat out only by Delhi and Sao Paulo. Cairo was also ranked the third-worst city in terms of women’s access to health care, the second worst in terms of economic opportunities for women, and the worst city in terms of cultural practices that adversely impact women. Nine in 10 women, according to a 2015 Egypt Health Issues survey, have been forced to undergo genital mutilation, and nearly one in five women marry before the age of 18.
A pair of 2014 video interviews from Dignity Without Borders shared a unique perspective on how harassment affects women and girls in Cairo. In the videos, schoolboys and schoolgirls condemned harassment, while simultaneously insisting that many girls “really force the guys to harass them in the street.”
Watch Dignity Without Borders’ interviews below.
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