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Nadia Abdou Becomes Egypt’s First Ever Female Governor

February 16, 2017

Nadia Ahmed Abdou was sworn in on Thursday before president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as the new governor of Beheira, the first female to ever hold a governor post in Egypt.

Adbou is planning to turn Rashid into a touristic area. She also wants to establish industrial projects, including hospitals, schools, and universities.

Abdou has served as the deputy governor since 2013. She spent 10 years, from 2002 to 2012, as chief of the Alexandria Drinking Water Company. She was also the first woman to hold this post. She also supervised water utility projects in Alexandria.

Beheria governorate’s official website published Abdou’s biography. The new governor graduated in 1968 from Alexandria University’s Faculty of Engineering’s Chemistry department.

Abdou was also a member of the National Council for Women’s Rights and the National Democratic Party, headed by ousted president Hosni Mubarak. She was nominated by Alexandria’s governor for the award of Mohamed Ben Rashed Al Maktoum for inspirational women.

Abdou has achieved significant progress while she was deputy governor. The governorate’s people call her “Iron Woman”.

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  1. […] Women’s role in public service was another major theme in the news from the last few months. In early January and February, news outlets speculated that Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Minister of Health and Medical Education of Iran from 2009-2012, would run in the upcoming May presidential elections. No woman has ever qualified to run for president in Iran, and there is no further news of Dastjerdi’s candidacy beyond these initial rumors. In February, women in Lebanon protested for a legislated 30 percent quota for women in the Lebanese parliament; women currently only comprise 3.1 percent of the Lebanese parliament. MP Alain Aoun announced that the administrative and justice committee was looking into the possibility of adding a quota to electoral law. Also in February, the Egyptian government swore in the country’s first woman provincial governor: Nadia Abdu serves as the governor of the Beheira province. […]