Social media activists in Egypt have been circulating on Facebook and Twitter photos of Nermine Nagah, a young mother who has made a career out of painting the interior of houses. The comment bloggers posted again and again read: “Nermine Nagah is a woman from Upper Egypt worth a 100 men”.
Nermine, who is Coptic, is 31 years old and comes from the village of Manshiyet Abdullah in Fayoum, some 100km southwest Cairo. She is a mother of three girls and a boy, and is married to Atef Zaki who used to paint interiors before an ailment in the joints incapacitated him.
Finding herself sole supporter of the family, Nermine decided to do his job. This made her the first female to venture into that field in Fayoum. Obviously, she gained huge public approbation in the process.
4 March 2018