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A report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2017 presented Cairo as the most dangerous city in the world for women, targets of sexual harassment. Egyptian women are also victims of discrimination linked to difficult access to healthcare, studies and the labor market. These subjects have long remained taboo, until the emergence of a new generation of feminist activists who use social networks to denounce sexual violence and support victims.

Egyptian society is gradually changing: women are more educated than before and are beginning to claim their rights, and little by little, the whole population is becoming aware of the extent of the problem. A recent feminicide thus experienced unprecedented media coverage: the presenter Shaimaa Gamal was killed by her husband, a famous magistrate. He was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife who had, a few days before her death, denounced violence against women in a message on social networks.

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