Women’s rights campaigners and commentators said women in Cairo faced daily harassment.
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Cairo was named Monday as the most dangerous megacity for women by an international poll, with women's rights experts saying the treatment of women in the Egyptian capital has worsened since a 2011 uprising seeking social change. Cairo came out worst when the Thomson Reuters Foundation asked experts on women's issues in 19 megacities how well women are protected from sexual violence and harmful cultural practices, and about access to health care and finance.Data on violence against women in Cairo is hard to find but 99 percent of women in Egypt interviewed by the United Nations in 2013 reported sexual harassment and 47 percent of divorced or separated women reported domestic abuse.The faltering economy was also seen as a major setback for women in Cairo, a city whose 22.8 million population is forecast by a Euromonitor International report to grow by half a million this year, more than any other city in the world.Female participation in the workforce fell to 23 percent in 2016 from 26 percent in 1990, according to World Bank figures, while U.S. figures show the literacy rate of women aged over 15 is about 65 percent, compared to 82 percent for men.
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