Cairo voted the ‘world’s worst city for women’

Cairo is the world’s most dangerous megacity for women to live in while London is the best, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the first poll of its kind.

It’s not the only African city named on the list.

Kishasha in the Democratic Republic of Congo is listed as the second-worst city for women, while Lagos in Nigeria is ranked eighth.

A total of 19 so-called megacities – defined as cities with populations of 10 million people or more – were surveyed.

Key factors used in the ranking are sexual violence, harmful cultural practices, plus access to good healthcare, finance and education.

Experts in the field of women’s rights were consulted for the survey, including journalist Shahira Amin, who told Thomson Reuters:

Everything about the city is difficult for women. Even a simple walk on the street, and they are subjected to harassment, whether verbal or even physical.”

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