Karate in Cairo!

egyptian_dojo.jpgIn a dojo, or martial arts training area, in a poor working class suburb of Cairo, women in karate uniforms and tracksuits are learning to fight off an assailant.

In this male-dominated society it is unusual to see these women in their headscarves sparring with men, but such is the concern here at the rise of sexual harassment cases that the number attending this class grows every month.

"I was on my way home from school and I was attacked - I didn't know what to do," she said.

Shaza Saeed, 14, is one of the new recruits.

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By Christian Fraser
BBC News, Cairo