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In his series “Ballerinas of Cairo”, photographer Mohamed Taher documents Egyptian dancers making the city streets their stage – pirouetting, leaping and posing their way through their country’s sprawling capital. The photos are, at first glance, stunning snapshots of a city’s vibrant culture in motion. But considering the dangers Egyptian women face for roaming these same streets on a daily basis, their impact is far deeper. Sexual harassment continues to present not just a possibility but a terrifying reality in present-day Egypt. A 2013 United Nations report calculated that 99.3 percent of women in the country have experienced sexual harassment on the streets, a problem that’s sparked initiatives giving women a way to fight back. The violence is rooted in an extreme conservative perspective encouraging women to stay in the home. (Photo by Mohamed Taher/Ballerinas of Cairo)

In his series “Ballerinas of Cairo”, photographer Mohamed Taher documents Egyptian dancers making the city streets their stage – pirouetting, leaping and posing their way through their country’s sprawling capital. The photos are, at first glance, stunning snapshots of a city’s vibrant culture in motion. (Photo by Mohamed Taher/Ballerinas of Cairo)
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17 Jan 2017 12:30:00


Egyptian bootblacks cleaning a European's shoes in Cairo. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1870
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24 Mar 2011 15:55:00


Guests on the terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, Cairo, circa 1940. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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29 Mar 2011 09:16:00
Students are seen on a pickup truck at the agricultural road which leads to the capital city of Cairo, Egypt, October 13, 2016. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Students are seen on a pickup truck at the agricultural road which leads to the capital city of Cairo, Egypt, October 13, 2016. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)
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15 Oct 2016 10:41:00
General view of a herbal store in Cairo, Egypt January 10, 2017. (Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

General view of a herbal store in Cairo, Egypt January 10, 2017. In an economic crisis that has led to a shortage of medicines, Egyptians are skipping trips to drug stores and instead turning to herbal remedies to treat every-day illnesses. (Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)
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13 Jan 2017 08:43:00
People play "Palin", a traditional ritual and ancestral Mapuche game played with curved sticks called "Chuecas" and a wooden ball, during a meet on Dia de la Raza (Day of the Races), also known as Columbus Day in Vina del Mar, Chile October 11, 2015. (Photo by Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters)

People play "Palin", a traditional ritual and ancestral Mapuche game played with curved sticks called "Chuecas" and a wooden ball, during a meet on Dia de la Raza (Day of the Races), also known as Columbus Day in Vina del Mar, Chile October 11, 2015. (Photo by Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters)
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15 Oct 2015 08:01:00
Independent miners transport llamas to sacrifice them for good fortune during the year as part of Andean carnival celebrations, outside the Mina Itos on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia February 24, 2017. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)

Independent miners transport llamas to sacrifice them for good fortune during the year as part of Andean carnival celebrations, outside the Mina Itos on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia February 24, 2017. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)
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26 Feb 2017 00:03:00
Unidentified relatives and friends of passengers who were flying in an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo react as they wait outside the Egyptair in-flight service building where relatives are being held at Cairo International Airport, Egypt May 19, 2016. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Unidentified relatives and friends of passengers who were flying in an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo react as they wait outside the Egyptair in-flight service building where relatives are being held at Cairo International Airport, Egypt May 19, 2016. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)
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20 May 2016 12:47:00