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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September, 2004, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
'My life': Egyptian women speak
BBCArabic.com spoke to eight girls from underprivileged backgrounds about their lives in modern Egypt, their attitudes towards education and their hopes for a better future, both for themselves and their families.

Fatmah Younis:
22, university student

Jacqueline:
22, unemployed

Nesma:
15, factory worker

Rana:
16, student
Rawiya:
20, unemployed

Reda:
16, factory worker

Sarah:
18, university student

Walaa:
17, worker

They took part in a workshop entitled "My Life", run jointly by BBC World Service Trust, BBC Arabic Service and Egyptian non-government organisation The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW).

The programme, which focuses on young underprivileged women in several Arab countries, asked them where they would like to be by 2015.

Their answers showed that, while a generation of women keen to gain independence and an education, many still feel stifled by the pressures of family life and custom.

We would like to hear what you think about the participants' experiences, so please send us your comments using the form after each person's views.


The panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider public opinion.




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