Egyptian single mother who spent 43 years living as a man to work and provide for her daughter honoured as the ‘ideal mother’

An Egyptian single mother who spent 43 years living as a man in order to work and provide for her daughter has reportedly been honoured as the “ideal mother” in Cairo.

Sisa Abu Daooh, 64, received the “woman breadwinner” award from the Social Solidarity Directorate of Luxor for working so hard to provide for her family, Al Arabiya reports.

Ms Abu Daooh was left without an income when her husband died while she was pregnant. The newspaper reports that her situation was made more difficult by the fact that working as a woman was frowned upon in her community in Luxor.

Faced with a lifetime of begging on the streets, she disguised herself as a man by wearing loose, full length robes and took on manual jobs making bricks, working in construction and polishing shoes. 


So much for that Islam and women’s rights bunk… 

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  • David Murrell

    “Single Egyptian woman spending 43 years living as a man…”.

    That’s a bit of a downer, one would think.

  • AlanUK

    I thought a Muslima was not allowed to wear a man’s clothes.
    Offer her the award and when she turns up to collect it, stone her.
    Or maybe Egypt has more sense now.

  • WalterBannon

    look at those progressive two spirited muslims….