A service station in the upscale neighbourhood of Maadi in Egypt’s capital Cairo, is setting a new trend in the country.
The filling station has hired seven women to work in what has been, until now, a male-dominated field.
However, it hasn’t been easy for the women who work in the filling station.
This is a new job and a new idea. When we first started to work here, we were very apprehensive about what people might say.
The stereotypes associated with women who venture into male-dominated areas is among the challenges they encounter.
Additionally, being a petrol station attendant is considered a low income job in Cairo.
Nonetheless, the women are very optimistic about the new venture.
“This is a new job and a new idea. When we first started to work here, we were very apprehensive about what people might say. But after our ten-day training, we started working very well,” said Abrar Mohamed, one of the attendants.
In a country where youth unemployment stands at about 26 percent, this initiative stands out.