Nagla comes from a village in the Fayoum Oasis south west of Cairo. After she got married, life quickly became a mundane cycle of house work and sitting on the porch. Like many men in her village, her husband wasn't keen on her going out without him and wasn't at all keen on her plans to start her business. After attending the weekly Arab Women Speak Out (AWSO) lectures, and hearing stories from women in a similar situation she persuaded her husband to support her plan to open a clothing shop.
This short film is one in a series of portraits of village women, designed to be shown to other women as a way of inspiring them to take make positive changes in their lives.
AWSO meetings are held in villages and traditional communities across Egypt and the rest of the Arab world. Women meet together and discuss a wide range of issues from health to setting up businesses and share their life experiences.
AWSO is a project of the John Hopkins Health Communication Partnership and is supported by USAID.
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