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Violence among youth in urban poor greater Cairo

Very few studies have attempted to examine young people’s experiences with violence and the surrounding factors that drive youth violence in urban Egypt. Most focus solely on young people’s carrying of weapons, exposure to injury, and the frequency of violent incidents. This project will examine the drivers and contexts of violence, its underlying factors and patterns, and existing coping strategies. The aim is to help inform policies and interventions focused on violence reduction and prevention among youth in urban poor Cairo, Egypt.

Building on a successful and ongoing IDRC-funded project, Harassmap, this project will delve deeper to fill the knowledge gap on the context (political, economic, cultural, spatial) in which the different forms of violence are experienced and perpetrated in Cairo. Employing mixed quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, the project will collect real life stories and provide evidence-based information to guide public policies and interventions on youth violence, in particular relating to young men. Among the factors to be studied are the relationship between masculinity and violence, communities’ formal and informal strategies to increase security and combat violence, and the different experiences of private and public violence of young men and women. The study will use analysis and evidence-based information to influence civil society interventions on youth violence and ensure gender responsiveness of those interventions. It will also provide evidence to inform existing policies on reduction of violence against women, specifically addressing policies on female genital mutilation and domestic violence.

This project is implemented with the collaboration of Tadwein (L.L.C.), a Cairo-based gender research and training centre that disseminates knowledge and supports projects promoting gender equality in Egypt.

Project ID
Project Status
36 months
IDRC Officer
Martha Mutisi
Total Funding
CA$ 387,700.00
Democratic and Inclusive Governance
Governance and Justice
Institution Country
Project Leader
Amel Fahmy
Tadwein (L.L.C.)