Egypt's Sisi honors woman who dressed as man for 40 years to provide for family

Sisa Gaber Abu Douh was forced to disguise herself as a man to find work, as women were not hired for manual labor jobs in Egypt in the 1970s.

Sisa Abou Doah Receives Award From Egyptian President Sisi (photo credit: EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT OFFICE)
Sisa Abou Doah Receives Award From Egyptian President Sisi
(photo credit: EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT OFFICE)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi awarded a woman on Sunday who had disguised herself as a man for more than 40 years in order to work and provide for her family after her husband died.
Sisi awarded Sisa Gaber Abu Douh, 65, after her hometown of Luxor had named her "Most Supportive Mother," on the occasion of Mother's Day, which was celebrated in the Arab World last week.
Her husband died when she was six months pregnant with her first child. She was forced to disguise herself as a man to find work, as women were not hired for manual labor jobs in Egypt in the 1970s.
She cut her hair, dressed in loose fitting robes and a turban, finding work as a shoe-shiner, farmer and in construction to provide for her daughter.
Many knew her secret, adding to the respect for her work ethic in her hometown of Luxor, where she became a local legend.


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