Jobs for the girls? Not in Egypt

After the post-revolutionary disorder, Egyptian women face an uphill task to get back into the country's labour market, writes Peter Geoghegan.

22nd January, 2012
Jobs for the girls? Not in Egypt
Egyptian women celebrating the ousting of dictator Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's Tahrir Square last year: harsh reality has since set in. Photo: Getty

Sara Ahmed, a 22-year-old graduate of the American University in Cairo, describes herself as a modern Egyptian woman - with good reason. She's bright, articulate, eschews the traditional hijab, prefers to wear her shiny black hair in a stylish bob, and sports Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses.

Like many Cairene fashionistas, Ahmed dreams of a job in public relations. Or, at least, she used to. "Now I'd take any job where the pay isn't too bad...

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