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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cairo named most dangerous megacity for women in Thomson Reuters Foundation poll

Holding our collective heads in shame: Cairo is the world’s most dangerous megacity for women, according to a poll of expert carried out by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The survey “asked experts in women’s issues in 19 megacities how well women are protected from [redacted] violence, from harmful cultural practices, and if they have access to good healthcare, finance and education." Cairo fared worst globally, followed by Karachi in Pakistan, Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of the Congo, then the Indian capital New Delhi.” In contrast, London was named the best city, “buoyed by Britain’s free and universal National Health Service, as well as coming top for economic opportunities.” The poll is receiving wide coverage, including from Deutsche Welle and The National.

On a related note, thousands of Egyptian women are circulating the anti-harassment hashtag ‘MeToo,’ with stories of their own sour experiences to go with it. US actress Alyssa Milano was first to launch the campaign after Hollywood actresses leveled harassment charges against producer Harvey Weinstein, according to Egyptian Streets.

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