By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cairo is the world's most dangerous megacity for women while London is the best, according to the first international experts' poll on how females fare in the rising number of cities with over 10 million people.The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey asked experts in women's issues in 19 megacities how well women are protected from sexual violence, and from harmful cultural practices, and whether they have access to good healthcare, finance and education.Abortion is illegal in Peru except to save the life of the mother and the teenage pregnancy rate is high.Conflict-ridden Kinshasa, where growing violence has sparked fears of a repeat of civil wars two decades ago in which millions died, was the worst city in terms of female access to education, ownership of land and obtaining financial services.FULL RESULTS: The world's most dangerous megacities for women 2017SEXUAL HARASSMENTDelhi and Sao Paulo emerged as the worst cities when respondents were asked if women could live there without the risk of sexual violence, including rape, attacks or harassment.The fatal gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 led to a wave of public protests and jolted many in the world's second most populous country out of apathy over the treatment of women, forcing the government to toughen penalties for sex crimes.N.'s latest set of global goals to end poverty and inequality by 2030. The results were based on a minimum of 15 experts in each city.Respondents included aid professionals, academics, healthcare staff, non-government organisation workers, policy-makers, development specialists and social commentators.(Additional reporting by Emma Batha and Bahaar Joya in London, Heba Kanso in Cairo, Nita Bhalla in Delhi, Beh Lih Yi in Tokyo, Karla Mendes in Sao Paulo, Anastasia Moloney in Bogota, Amédéé Mwarabu in Kinshasa, Editing by Lyndsay Griffiths.
So strengthening the police and courts to effectively investigate, prosecute, convict and punish is key."In Sao Paulo, women are increasingly using social media to denounce sexual violence, including writer Clara Averbuck, who launched an online campaign in August after she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver.
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Since then a spike in media reports, government campaigns and civil society programmes, have increased public awareness of women's rights and emboldened victims to register abuses.
Read More: This Scottish City Has Just Been Declared the Best Place to Live as a Woman in the UKAuthorities recorded four rapes every hour in India in 2015."Even after the Delhi gang rape, we are seeing rising cases of sexual violence.