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Girls in the Garage - Upending expectations in northern Morocco

by Christin VanZant last modified Jul 10, 2017 03:36 PM
Contributors: USAID
Women’s Work “In Morocco — and especially here in the north, in Tetouan, the jobs that women tend to do are hairdressing, cooking, patisserie…,” explains Najlae. Ever since she was a little girl, Najlae was fascinated by cars and motorbikes. She loved disassembling car parts and putting them back together. Though mechanics has always been her passion, Najlae thought it was a field reserved for boys.

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The sisters were studying nursing when they found out about a USAID-supported project providing youth with valuable skills training to help them break into the job market.

After hearing that mechanics was one of the offered programs, they jumped at the opportunity. For the first time in their lives, their dream to become auto mechanics didn’t feel so impossible.

 

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