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Poll finds Egypt is worst Arab state for women, Comoros best

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 12 November 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Poll finds Egypt is worst Arab state for women, Comoros best, 12 November 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/528b68f511.html [accessed 8 December 2016]
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November 12, 2013

Women at a polling station in central Cairo in December 2012Women at a polling station in central Cairo in December 2012

Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world in which to be a woman, according to a new poll of gender experts.

The survey, conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, found that Egypt is plagued by sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting, and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling following the Arab Spring uprisings.

A UN report in April said 99.3 percent of women and girls in Egypt are subjected to sexual harassment.

The country also suffers from discriminatory laws and a rise in trafficking, placing it at the bottom of the ranking of 22 Arab states.

Iraq ranked second-worst, followed by Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen.

The island nation of Comoros – where 20 percent of ministerial positions are held by women – was ranked first, followed by Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar.

Based on reporting by Reuters

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