Egypt's first female underwater wielder

Added On January 12, 2019


A story of inspiration in Egypt, as women continue to defy all odds to pursue their dreams.
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Basant Bastawy is a female engineer. The 26 year-old, who majored in science in Suez Canal University, dreamed of being an underwater wielder.
SOUNDBITE: BASANT?AL-BESTAWY, Egyptian female Wielder
"I was interested in sub-sea engineering after my graduation because it is related to my major and I started to study more training courses about it."
However, things don't always go as planned.
In Egypt, women are often expected to choose jobs that allow them to stay at home and take care of kids. Most of the companies she wanted to work for hired men less qualified than her.
Despite all the odds against her, Bestawy stayed committed to her passion.
She is now Egypt's first practicing female underwater welder, and the only woman in the Middle East who gives training courses on underwater welding.
SOUNDBITE: BASANT AL-BESTAWY, Egyptian female Wielder
"I have trained 200 men in commercial diving and underwater welding and trained 16 Chinese in Dubai for a Chinese company."
An amazing career taken on by an amazing woman.