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Cairo’s metro hires Egypt’s first female driver

Egyptian women have had the right to vote and stand for office since 1956, but patriarchal legislation and a male-dominated culture have severely limited personal rights.

The Cairo metro has hired Egypt’s first female train driver with the aim to empower women in the society.

Since April, passengers have seen women controlling the driver’s cab, with reactions ranging from raised eyebrows to outright disapproval.

Egyptian women have had the right to vote and stand for office since 1956, but patriarchal legislation and a male-dominated culture have severely limited personal rights.

The Cairo metro itself provides reserved carriages for women who do not wish to ride with men in an attempt to provide protection against sexual harassment.

Javed Mahmood
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