Iraq- An Iraqi Woman Challenges Gendered Jobs Stereotypes and Runs a Car Repair Shop


Location: Baghdad – Iraq

Language: Arabic

Voice:  natural

Duration: 00:05:50

Source: A24

Restrictions: A24 Clients

Dateline: 07-02-2022


Despite prevailing gender stereotypes and social norms that restrict some jobs to men, coupled with a lack of job opportunities, Mayson Hassan, an Iraqi woman, is running an automobile repair shop to make a living. The automobile shop offers car washing services and repairing American, German, and Japanese motors. She learned the profession from her father when she was 14 years old. Mayson, who has a Bachelor’s degree in the Arabic Language, hopes she gets a loan to expand her shop, by making appeals for government support, just like the government in Emirates that embraced a similar project by a woman

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-SOUNDBITE (Mayson Hassan – owner of an automobile repair shop)

I have a bachelor’s degree in the Arabic language and a Diploma, but because there are no job opportunities in such a field, I had to look for an alternative source of living. I learned car repairing and maintenance from my father at a very early age. At 14, I started working in Japanese cars reparations. I even fixed my dad’s American car. I took some training in the Ministry and learned how to repair Korean cars. My automobile repair shop is for women because some prefer dealing with women

SOUNDBITE (Mayson Hassan – owner of an automobile repair shop)

I work alone in this shop and I fix cars and wash them by myself . I need a loan to buy a washing machine and car oils. My dream is to expand my shop. An Emirati girl launched a similar project and was supported by her government. She even received a call from the president the day she launched her project. Therefore, I repeatedly made appeals for government support. I can’t assume all the duties in this shop by myself. I wish I could have my own place where female mechanics can work, but the place I run isn’t suitable 

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