Confidence in me

For Rana Daud, the right skills and education were not enough to get her into the hi-tech sector.

Rana Daud in Haifa.
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Nahariya-born Rana Daud was skeptical that she could get a job in the hitech world. Sure, she had defied statistics for Arabs and women, taking to programming as a hobby at a young age. Sure, she had exhibited skill and talent and excelled in her studies. Sure, she was earning a degree at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel’s world-renowned technological university. But something stood in her way.

“I’m a Muslim and wear Muslim garb, and in this country it’s hard to be accepted that way, because they judge you from your shape and what you wear,” she says.

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