Egypt is struggling to combat the scourge of violence against women

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In 2017, a Thomson Foundation report named the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as the world’s most dangerous city for women. Approximately 99 percent of the female residents there report being sexually harassed. Egyptian women also struggle to access healthcare, education and the labor market. For a long time it was taboo to even discuss these topics. But that was until the rise of a new generation of feminist activists, who use the internet and social media to denounce sexual violence and support victims. Our correspondents report.

Egyptian society is gradually changing: women are more educated than before and are starting to stand up for their rights. Eventually, the entire population becomes aware of the extent of the problem. A recent femicide has received unprecedented media coverage: TV presenter Shaimaa Gamal was killed by her husband, a famous judge. He was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, who had spoken out against domestic violence in a message on social media days before her death.

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