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Egypt’s graffiti artists struggle to bring women to street walls

The Women on Walls project is supporting female graffiti artists, who are still facing many challenges, including sexual harassment, when creating art on the streets in Egypt.

In downtown Cairo, a graffiti drawing shows a woman stuck between dozens of men who are blaming her for being sexually harassed. The painting, which is one of hundreds tackling women’s issues in Egypt, appears on one of the walls of a street near Tahrir Square where widespread demonstrations took place during and after the revolution.

“We have been using the walls to address one of the most important topics in Egypt: the challenges women face in a conservative society that involves many different issues, including the political, the social, the economic and the cultural,” Dina Saadi told Al-Monitor. Saadi is one of the female graffiti artists whose graffiti drawings appear on Cairo's street walls as part of a public art project dedicated to women and the issues they face.

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